Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

Inquiring Nuns

1968, Gordon Quinn and Gerald Temaner, USA, 66 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, Nov 30th 6:00pm
  • Sat, Dec 1st 8:00pm
  • Sun, Dec 2nd 3:30pm
  • Mon, Dec 3rd 6:15pm
  • Tue, Dec 4th 8:00pm
  • Wed, Dec 5th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Dec 6th 8:00pm
New restoration! Gordon Quinn and other special guests in person!

"Remains a great and truly under-appreciated document of its time…captivating; should be seen by anyone who cares about the documentary form." - Michael Glover Smith, White City Cinema

"What could have been little more than a quirky stunt becomes a fascinating and rich sociological study of people reacting to the questions of two rather guileless and unconventional interviewers." - Jeff Stafford, Streamline

One of the landmarks of filmmaking in Chicago makes a stellar comeback in a new 16mm print courtesy of Kartemquin Films and the National Film Preservation Foundation. In 1968, filmmakers Quinn and Temaner designated two naïve young nuns as their on-the-street interviewers in locations ranging from the Art Institute and the Museum of Science and Industry to sidewalks around Chicago's Loop. "Are you happy?" is the question. The answers are surprisingly positive, thoughtful and thought provoking, and so very human. An inspired and unmistakably Chicago riff on CHRONICLE OF A SUMMER by French documentary pioneer Jean Rouch, INQUIRING NUNS is a time capsule of Sixties attitudes and social and political mores, yet is wholly timeless in its homely off-the-cuff stock-taking and universal expressions of yearning. Soundtrack music composed and performed by Philip Glass. 16mm. (BS)

Friday 11/30: Co-director Gordon Quinn (Artistic Director and founding member of Kartemquin); Bren Ortega Murphy, Professor of Communications and Women's/Gender Studies and Loyola University and filmmaker (A QUESTION OF HABIT); and Sister Maria Cimperman (Chicago Theological Union, Director of the Center for Consecrated Life) are scheduled to appear for audience discussion, moderated by New City film critic Ray Pride.

Saturday 12/1: Co-director Gordon Quinn (Artistic Director and founding member of Kartemquin), BAND OF SISTERS director Mary Fishman, and RADICAL GRACE director Rebecca Parrish are scheduled to appear for an audience discussion, moderated by Ryan Jagiello, host of Cinema Jaw.

Wednesday 12/5: Co-director Gordon Quinn (Artistic Director and founding member of Kartemquin) and Judy Hoffman, Kartemquin Collective member and Professor of Practice in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago, are scheduled to appear for audience discussion, moderated by Al Gini, Professor of Business Ethics at Loyola University Chicago's Quinlan School of Business.

The Wednesday, December 5, screening is a Movie Club event.

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