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A New View Film Series

Each of us has a unique view through which we see the world. Shaped by our experiences, culture, and familial identity, this view forms our beliefs, values, and way of life. A New View Film Series will journey outside everyday life to explore new worldviews through the screening of four films and seeks to promote understanding and foster respect for differences through the lenses of interfaith understanding, diversity, civil discourse, and social justice. Each screening will be followed by a discussion with the audience.

The series will take place every other month from September 2019–March 2020 at Butler University's Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall (located adjacent to Robertson Hall). Doors open at 6:30 PM, film screening begins at 7:00 PM.

The series is free and open to the public.

Dakota 38Dakota 38—By Silas Hagerty, 2012

Thursday, September 5, 2019, 7:00 PM

In 1862 an event occurred, in what is now Minnesota, that was the result of federal policy and a newly formed state to remove the Dakota people from their lands and led to the largest mass hanging in U.S. history on December 26, 1862. Dakota 38 tells the recent story of a series of horseback rides charting the 19th-century journey that brings the Dakota people together, raises awareness about the significant impact of past events, and explores the powerful potential of reconciliation efforts.

Backs Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman StoryBacks Against the Wall: The Howard Thurman Story—By Martin Doblmeier, 2019

Wednesday, November 6, 2019, 7:00 PM

This film explores the extraordinary life of Rev. Howard Thurman, a teacher, poet, “mystic” at heart, and proponent of the non-violent struggle for social change. Jesse Jackson, Otis Moss Jr., and others speak about Thurman’s “spirit” being foundational in their lives in this poignant and powerful portrayal of, as Congressman John Lewis calls him, the “patron saint” of the Civil Rights Movement. Actor Keith David voices Thurman’s words.

To learn more about this film, please listen to the podcast conversation between Martin Doblmeier, filmmaker of Backs Against the Wall, and Dr. James McGrath, Clarence L. Goodwin Chair in New Testament Language and Literature at Butler University. 

The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas MertonThe Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton—By Morgan Atkinson, 2015

Thursday, January 23, 2020, 7:00 PM

The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton is the story of the esteemed 20th-century writer in the last year of his life, as he embarks on his greatest journey. The film illuminates the adventure and searching that takes the viewer from Merton’s home at the Abbey of Gethsemane in Kentucky, across America in the turbulent year of 1968, and finally to Asia for meetings with the Dalai Lama and other spiritual seekers. The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton celebrates the triumph of all that was gained by Merton's journey, reflects on the tragedy of what was lost with his death, and considers why Merton's life and work challenges us today.

Crazy WisdomCrazy Wisdom: The Life and Times of Chogyam Trungpa—By Johanna Demetrakas, 2011

Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 7:00 PM

Crazy Wisdom explores the life, teachings, and “crazy wisdom” of Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche, a pivotal figure in bringing Tibetan Buddhism to the West. Regarded as a genius, and social visionary, Trungpa is one of the greatest spiritual teachers of the 20th century who defied categorization. Raised and trained in the rigorous Tibetan monastic tradition, Trungpa came to the West and shattered our preconceived notions about how an enlightened teacher should behave. His teachings are recognized as authentic, vast, and influential.

This film leaves ambiguity about controversial topics, including questions of sexual misconduct.  We hope audiences will participate in a discussion immediately following the film to unpack what the film explores as well as what it leaves un-explored about the life and times of Chogyum Trungpa.

The New View Film Series is co-sponsored by the Center for Interfaith Cooperation.BCR event