A New View Film Series

2023–2024

A New View Film Series will journey outside everyday life to explore new world views through the screening of four films and seeks to promote appreciation and foster respect for differences through the lenses of interfaith understanding and appreciation for diversity, social justice, and belonging.

Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall
7:00-9:00 PM, Free admission
Each screening will be followed by a discussion with the audience
Butler Cultural Requirement (BCR)

Movie poster for monk with a camera. monk with maroon room facing wall with framed tree. words Monk with a Camera

Monk with a Camera: September 13, 2023

The makers of both fiction and nonfiction films often describe their narratives as journeys in which a character’s outward movements also signify an inner voyage. That’s especially true of Monk with a Camera, an engrossing documentary about a privileged young American who leaves fashion photography to become a Buddhist monk in India, then returns to photography to provide some crucial help to his monastery while balancing monastic and public life. (Roger Ebert)

Rebound: November 2, 2023

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Rebound follows two women from starkly different circumstances as they rebound from incarceration and seek refuge and opportunity in academia. Struggling to recognize their worth and still reeling from years of trauma, these aspiring scholars navigate personal and financial insecurity, motherhood, and their own healing (finding) acceptance, sisterhood and hope for a new life. (Gooddocs) A post-film discussion will feature local experts involved in a project working with incarcerated women with children.

Shiva Baby: January 31, 2024

Shiva Baby. A short Film by Emma Seligman. SXSW 2018 Film Festival. red and blue drawn men and women

The film Shiva Baby explores Jewish and bisexual identity and representation as a young, bisexual Jewish woman attends a shiva (Jewish mourning gathering) with her parents. “In Emma Seligman’s delightfully anxiety-driven comedy ‘Shiva Baby,’ the post-funeral service rites of a Jewish family and friends are interrupted by a chaotic series of oneupmanship and unexpected guests. Based on Seligman’s short of the same name, Shiva Baby follows Danielle (Rachel Sennott) on her way to meet her family for the somber occasion after an appointment with her sugar daddy. However, her stress is just beginning. Danielle runs headfirst into a slew of questions about her prospects, both professional and personal, from family, friends and relatives.” (Roger Ebert)

Dalya’s Other Country: March 6, 2024

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Dalya, a Syrian refugee living in America, tries to be a normal teenager. Yet under the shadow of Donald Trump’s rise to power, she must contend with daily reminders of her otherness, like being the only girl in school that wears a hijab. Keeping her Muslim father proud and integrating into American teen life with make-up, proms and boys is a hard line to walk. This touching film explores a young life caught between highly politicized identities. (IMDB.com)
The series is co-sponsored by the Center for Faith and Vocation and Center for Interfaith Cooperation, in partnership with the Jordan College of the Arts.