Presented in partnership with the Chicago Humanities Spring Festival. 

“Magical. Charming. Likeably offbeat and disarmingly self-aware.” - Neil Young, Screen International

"Deeply philosophical, poignant, and profound." - Rob Rector, Film Threat

Saturday, April 13, 4:00 p.m. | THE ARC OF OBLIVION explores a quirk of humankind: in a universe that erases its tracks, we humans are hellbent on leaving a trace. Set against the backdrop of the filmmaker's quixotic quest to build an ark in a field in Maine, the film heads far afield—to salt mines in the Alps, fjords in the Arctic, and ancient libraries in the Sahara—to illuminate the strange world of archives, record-keeping, and memory. Playfully weaving stop-motion animation, spellbinding cinematography, and fascinating interviews from the director's inner circle and experts in the fields of science, culture, and art—including documentarians Werner Herzog and Kirsten Johnson—THE ARC OF OBLIVION reveals how nature inspires the human drive behind filmmaking. Presented in partnership with the Chicago Humanities Spring Festival.  

Chicago Humanities


General: $15.00
Members: $9.00
Student: $13.00

Awards & Nominations

Nominee - Best Documentary, Stockholm Film Festival
Nominee - Gullugen Award, Bergen International Film Festival

The Film Center is ADA accessible. This presentation will be projected without open captions. The theater is hearing-loop equipped. For accessibility requests, please email