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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Theology and Film

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The Boisi Center is pleased to announce its eighth annual student Symposium on Religion and Politics, which provides an opportunity for informal reflection and conversation among graduate students from different disciplines on the relationship between religion and politics, art, and culture. This year's Symposium will focus on the theological and religious in film.

THE 2017-2018 STUDENT
SYMPOSIUM ON RELIGION AND POLITICS

Theology and Film

Film offers a rich medium to explore theology and religion, and is an effective vehicle for exploring the ways theology and religion coexist, conflict, and interact with human experience and modern life. The purpose of this Symposium will be to screen and discuss films that can be termed theological or religious in their narrative content, themes, and images.

Examples of films and directors will center around four main categories: 

  • films depicting Scripture such as Pier Paolo Pasolini's The Gospel According to St. Matthew;
  • films that explore the contemplative such as those of Terrence Malick, Ingmar Bergman, Robert Bresson, and Andrei Tarkovsky; 
  • films examining religion through a non-Western lens such as Kim Ki-duk's Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter...Spring;
  • films engaging the role of religion in the modern world, such as John Michael McDonagh's Calvery, Xavier Beauvois' Of Gods And Men, and Abderrahmane Sissako's Timbuktu

The Symposium will meet once a month starting in October 2017. It will continue through the end of Spring 2018. Dinner will be provided.

If interested in participating, please fill out this form to explain your interest in attending, and to detail your personal, academic, or professional background in theology and/or film. Please feel encouraged to apply regardless of your type of background. A variety of perspectives and experiences is welcome and necessary for this to be a fruitful series of discussions. 

Please complete the form by Friday, October 6, 2017.