In an effort to initiate public dialogue in the City of Arts and Innovation, about cinema as art, the greatest of all the arts nonetheless, a/perture cinema introduced a new screening and discussion series in 2015. This series centers on the notion of “looking at art cinema.” Together, the community and selected speakers, will discuss a curated list of films. Some of these films you have seen and some you may have not, but either way we hope the discussions will allow you to see them anew.
The Winter 2017 series of Looking @ Art Cinema will provide participants an opportunity to explore and analyze cinematic representations of faith, doubt, and transcendence from a variety of religious perspectives. We will consider how questions of ultimate meaning have been posed on the screen and how we might contextualize the priorities and concerns of our individual films. In keeping with the overall theme of the series, we will also look at cinema as art to investigate whether filmmaking, against expectations, might be uniquely suited to depictions of the intangible, the unseeable—the sublime.
Joshua Canzona is a PhD candidate in religious studies at Georgetown University and an adjunct instructor at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity. His research focuses on both Christianity and Islam and he has presented his work at Harvard, the University of Oxford, and the Sorbonne in Paris.
Special event pricing for the series applies- general admission prices will be $14.50 per screening, college students $12.50 and a/v society members will receive a discounted price of $11.50 per screening. Admission includes film, discussion and coffee/pastries from Camino Bakery. Find more information on specific titles and ticketing links below.
Screening Schedule for Winter 2017:
WINGS OF DESIRE
Saturday, January 28 @ 9:30AM
Wings of Desire is a meditation on themes of faith, sensuality, and intimacy. It is a film of ambiguities: blurring any lines we might draw between the human and the divine. It is a film of questions: asking its audience to reflect on what it means to be human. Most of all, it is a film of numinous beauty, enhanced by this opportunity for a theater viewing.
Saturday, February 18 @ 9:30AM
Secret Sunshine is a Korean film offering a complex depiction of human longing for faith and meaning in the midst of tragedy. A grounded exercise, Secret Sunshine examines the appeal and function of religion as well as its blemishes. Dr. Sunggu Yang, a postdoctoral fellow at the Wake Forest University School of Divinity, will join us for the viewing and discussion.
Saturday, March 18 @ 9:30AM
Persepolis is an animated film based on the graphic novel of the same name. An autobiography, Persepolis tells the story of Marjane Satrapi’s formative years during the Iranian Revolution and Iran-Iraq War. This is a story of the relationships among faith, identity, and religion as politics in a theocratic society.