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Jules Rosskam in person! Film Series : Stranger Than Fiction

Paternal Rites

2018, Jules Rosskam, USA, 82 min.

Show Times

  • Sat, Jan 19th 5:30pm
  • Mon, Jan 21st 8:00pm

A road movie of the mind, this documentary/personal essay follows a transformative route to catharsis for a gay transgender Jewish filmmaker. With a plan to trace the route of a Boston-to-Vancouver road trip that his parents took just prior to his birth, director Rosskam (THICK RELATIONS, TRANSPARENT) and his partner set out using the parents’ diaries and photos as guides. The journey evolves into an interior one that reveals secrets of physical and sexual abuse and long-suppressed trauma, and shines a new light on three generations of family dynamic.Deftly combining techniques and media that include animation, personal narrative, home movies, and layered imagery, Rosskam, an alum of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, reaches
beneath the surface for a way to truth and healing. DCP digital. (BS)

Saturday, January 19 at 5:30 pm: Director Jules Rosskam is scheduled to appear for an audience discussion, moderated by Frédéric Moffet, Chair of the Film, Video, New Media and Animation department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Monday, January 21 at 8:00 pm: Director Jules Rosskam is scheduled to appear for an audience discussion, moderated by Lauren Emily Whalen, Windy City Times film critic and author of YA novel SATELLITE.

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