The Lincoln Land Community College Arts and Humanities Department invites the public to a free film and discussion series this fall and spring entitled, “Tuesday Nights at the Movies.” The first film showing will be Oct. 9.
The film series will be held on select Tuesday evenings starting at 6 p.m. in Menard Hall, Room 2209 on the LLCC Springfield campus. The films will be hosted by Dr. Deborah Brothers, John Paul Jaramillo and Cara Swafford, professors of English; Joseph Hoff, professor of Spanish; and several LLCC students.
The films included in the series are:
Oct. 9: “Lone Star” (1996) – Set in a fictional Texas border town called Frontera, “Lone Star” explores the intersections among cultures and families who are struggling to come to terms with their pasts, relationships and identities. As personal and sometimes conflicting narratives unfold, so do the details surrounding a local mystery that one man is determined to solve. What he finds ultimately opens a pathway to acceptance and healing.
Nov. 13: “Enemy” (2013) – “Enemy,” a thriller directed by Denis Villeneuve and adapted from author José Saramago’s 2002 postmodern novel “The Double,” stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a Toronto-area college professor. He is a somber man, largely because he is stuck in a routine with work and home life, which includes a relationship with his live-in girlfriend, Mary. While watching a movie, he spots an actor in a part that looks like him. He becomes obsessed with finding out about this double. Villeneuve’s surreal film explores themes of authoritarianism and freedom as well as masculinity and marriage.
Feb. 12: “Silence” (2016) – Martin Scorsese directed this film that is set in 17th century Japan when the shogunate has outlawed Christianity, making any public demonstration of Christian belief a crime punishable by death. Two Portuguese Jesuits, upon hearing that their mentor and friend has been captured and has been forced to renounce his faith, decide to go to Japan to try to find their friend. This is the story of their difficult journey, atrocities they witness and the disturbing news regarding the plight of Christians, all of which ultimately test the strength of their beliefs and faith.
March 19: “Born Into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids” (2004) – Documentary photographer Zana Briski travels to Calcutta with the intention of photographing female brothel workers. Instead, she ends up developing relationships with their children and proceeds to teach several of them photography. Kochi, Avijit and Shanti are among several who begin to document their own lives, the light and dark. Some discover that photography is their passion and artistic voice. Each must decide how she or he will continue to use their new skills or whether art can open doors to more education or a way out of poverty and enslavement.