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)
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
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).
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2015, Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher K. Walker, USA, 86 min.
"A gripping you-are-there portrait of a community under siege…as engrossing as a fictional thriller." – Dennis Harvey, Variety
"A stunning portrait of First Amendment rights pushed to their extremes." – Eric Kohn, Indiewire
First Amendment rights go head-to-head with hate-group schemes in the tiny North Dakota ghost town of Leith, when its population of 24 is boosted in 2012 by a new resident. He is Craig Cobb, a notorious white supremacist, who buys up property and announces plans to establish majority control of the town for his racially pure neo-Nazi mecca. Filmmakers Beach and Walker (FLEX IS KINGS) earn the trust of both sides for a disturbing immersion into a low-down, dirty-trick-filled fight between horrified longtime locals and the technically law-abiding newcomers. DCP digital. (BS)
OCTOBER 5: The 6:00 pm screening on Monday, October 5, is a Movie Club event moderated by Professor Stephen Siegel, Distinguished Research Professor of Law at the DePaul University College of law. His long-standing research interest is American legal history, although he also is highly regarded in the areas of property and constitutional law. Among his writings on the history of free speech are articles on “Injunctions for Defamation, Juries, and the Clarifying Light of 1868” and “The Origin of the Compelling State Interest Test and Strict Scrutiny.”