Everyone's in the club! Just by attending the monthly Movie Club film and participating in the conversation, you are in! Each month we invite all audience members to join informal conversations led — but not monopolized — by carefully selected facilitators.
Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel García Márquez
Gabo, la magia de lo real
2015, Justin Weber, Spain, 90 min.
Raised by grandparents in northern Colombia, Gabriel García Márquez, 1982 Nobel Laureate in Literature, found a lifetime of inspiration in the superstitions, poverty, violence, and family lore of his remote village, celebrated eccentrically and hauntingly through his fiction. Filmmaker Webster charts the political and artistic evolution of the law-school dropout and journalist, as his magic-realist novels including "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and “No One Writes to the Colonel," bring global fame, ande he advances to the forefront of Latin America’s struggles against dictatorship and oppression. In Spanish with English subtitles. DCP digital. (BS)
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16: Tonight's screening is a Movie Club event facilitated by Andrea Sáenz, First Deputy Commissioner for the Chicago Public Library.
2015, Rebecca Parrish, USA, 86 min.
"An exhilarating portrait… easily ranks among the year’s best films… achieves greatness by humanizing its subjects rather than portraying them as one-note saints or martyrs." – Matt Fagerholm, RogerEbert.com
"At turns entertaining, educational and inspiring—illustrates profoundly how social justice and spirituality are inseparably linked.” – Nancy Fornasiero, Huffington Post
"A remarkable profile in courage and kindness ... The nuns featured in this film are a special type of hero, and trust me when I say, you want them on your side." – Steve Prokopy, Gapers Block
Laboring in the spring of 2012 under a Vatican censure of American women’s religious orders for the alleged sin of “radical feminism,” three Chicago nuns fearlessly pursue a path of social activism, campaigning passionately nationwide for the Affordable Care Act as “Nuns on the Bus.” Filmmaker Parrish focuses on charisma and grassroots hustle as these sisters in the spirit bring humor and down-to-earth grit to an epic battle for justice, equality and the dignity of women. The stunning 2013 resignation of a conservative pope and the election of Francis introducing hope and uncertainty as the future role of the nuns hangs in the balance. DCP digital. (BS)
NOVEMBER 6 at 2 PM: LIVING A CALLING TO ACT FOR JUSTICE discussion featuring Producer Nicole Bernardi-Reis, Sister Kathleen Desautels (8th Day Center for Justice), Chris Roach & Halbert Williams (St. Leonard’s Ministries for former prisoners).
NOVEMBER 6 at 7:45 PM PM: FAITH & FEMINISM discussion featuring Director Rebecca Parrish, Producer Nicole Bernardi-Reis, Susan Straus (President, Illinois National Organization for Women) and Cristina Traina (Christian Feminist Ethicist, Northwestern University).
NOVEMBER 7: EMPOWERING WOMEN IN FAITH COMMUNITIES discussion featuring Producer Nicole Bernardi-Reis, film subject Sister Chris Schenk (Co-Founder of FutureChurch), Nadiah Mohajir (Co-Founder & ED of Muslim reproductive health organization, HEART Women & Girls) & Jean Peterman (National Organization for Women).
NOVEMBER 8 at 4:30 PM: CELEBRATING SISTER JEAN AFTER-PARTY discussion featuring Director Rebecca Parrish, film subject Sister Chris Schenk (Co-Founder of FutureChurch) & friends of Jean Hughes.
NOVEMBER 8 at 7 PM: CHRISTIAN & ISLAMIC FEMINISMS discussion featuring Director Rebecca Parrish, film subject Sister Chris Schenk (Co-Founder of FutureChurch), Maham Khan (Muslim & Interfaith Activist & Journalist, Interfaith Youth Core), Nicole Sotelo (Catholic Church Justice Activist, Call to Action).
NOVEMBER 9: LIVING A CALLING TO ACT FOR JUSTICE discussion featuring Director Rebecca Parrish, Film subject Sister Chris Schenk (Co-Founder of FutureChurch) & Adrienne Alexander (AFSCME Council 31).
NOVEMBER 11: Movie Club event & discussion on TRANSFORMING RELIGIOUS PATRIARCHY featuring Director Rebecca Parrish, Producer Danny Alpert, Producer Nicole Bernardi-Reis, Hind Makki (Patheos Muslim Channel, Side Entrance), Ryan Hoffman (Call to Action: Inspire Catholics Transform Church), and Betsy Hoover (270 Strategies). Post-screening conversation and a complimentary cocktail at Virgin Hotels Chicago, 203 N. Wabash. Movie ticket required for entry.
NOVEMBER 12: FAITH ORGANIZING FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE featuring Director Rebecca Parrish, Producer Danny Alpert, Traci Wile (Organizing for Action) and Rudy Lopez (Interfaith Worker Justice).