The Lincoln Land Community College Arts and Humanities Department invites the public to a free film and discussion series this spring entitled, “Through a Different Lens: Cultural Perspectives through Film.” The first film showing will be Feb. 22.
The film series will be held on select Thursday evenings from 6-9 p.m. in the Trutter Center on the LLCC Springfield campus, hosted by Ashley Green and Paul Van Heuklom, professors of English and Joseph Hoff, professor of Spanish.
In addition, the Trutter Museum will have culturally relevant artifacts from the Trutter collection on display in the reception area. Film series attendees are encouraged to come early to enjoy the art and history prior to the film showings.
The films included in the series are:
Feb. 22: “Masaan” (2015) – Set in the holy city of Varanasi, this film tells a story of four lives that intersect along the Ganges — a low caste boy hopelessly in love, a daughter ridden with guilt, a hapless father with fading morality and a spirited child yearning for a family, longing to escape the moral constructs of a small town. Masaan means “crematorium,” symbolically significant as the sacred waters of the Ganges witness the cycle of death and rebirth.
March 22: “The Way” (2010) – When a father hears that his son was killed in an accident in the north of Spain while walking the over 1000-year-old pilgrimage route, the Camino de Santiago, he goes to Europe to claim his son’s body. Once there, he decides to complete his son’s pilgrimage to honor his son’s memory. This is the story of a man and the people he meets on the Camino de Santiago who find meaning and purpose while on pilgrimage.
April 19: “Your Name” (Kimi No Na Wa) (2016) – This animated film directed by Makoto Shinkai has become the highest grossing ever in Japan. It is considered a masterpiece about time, the thread of fate and the hearts of two young souls. High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives, but one night they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must adjust their lives around each other. Yet, somehow, it works. They build a connection and communicate by leaving notes, messages and, most importantly, an imprint.