A Virtual New View Film Series

The 2021-2022 season returns in-person. We will follow mask mandates in accordance with Butler University policy. 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 world views through the screening of four films and seeks to promote appreciation and foster respect for differences through the lenses of interfaith understanding, diversity, civil discourse, and social justice. This year, we focus on the question, “what does faith mean”? Each film will invite conversation on different responses to this big question.

Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall or at flyrail.butlerartscenter.org
7:00-9:00 PM, Free admission
Each screening will be followed by a discussion with the audience

Divided We Fall: September 23, 2021

A college student sets out across America in the aftermath of 9/11, camera in hand, to document hate violence against Sikh and Muslim American communities. From the still-shocked streets of Ground Zero to the desert towns of the American west, her journey confronts the forces unleashed in a time of national crisis–racism and religion, fear and forgiveness–until she finds the heart of America: halfway around the world. In this film we explore the theme of how faith binds us in our humanity and community.

Tyrus American Masters: October 21, 2021

Tyrus tells the unlikely story of pioneering Guangzhou-born, American artist Tyrus Wong, who overcame a life of poverty and racism to become a celebrated painter (who once exhibited with Picasso and Matisse), Hollywood sketch artist, and “Disney Legend” for his groundbreaking work on the classic animated film Bambi and Warner Brothers’ live-action Hollywood studio films (Rebel Without a Cause, The Wild Bunch, April in Paris) to Hallmark Christmas cards, hand-painted California dinnerware, Depression-era WPA paintings, kites, and fine art. The film corrects a historical wrong by spotlighting this seminal, but heretofore under-credited figure who passed away in 2016 at the age of 106. PBS.Org. In this film we explore how faith serves as a resource for perseverance.

Two Gods: January 20, 2022

An intimate documentary about faith, renewal, and healing, Two Gods follows a Muslim casket maker and ritual body washer in New Jersey, as he takes two young teenagers under his wing to teach them how to live better lives. Shot in a striking black-and-white, Two Gods explores the juxtaposition of grief and the rituals of death with the vibrancy and potential of adolescence. The documentary turns an empathetic lens on Muslim American stories, ultimately crafting a moving portrait of both the intimate moments and the complexities of the everyday Muslim American experience”.  Independent Lens. In this film we explore the role of faith through grief and ritual helping to build resilience.

Warrior Women: March 16, 2022

For at least a generation, the story of the Red Power Movement has been told through a lens that gave us a limited view about the Indian activism of that period. What was missing until now were the voices of the women.” Dina Gilio Whitaker, Colville Confederated Tribes

In the 1970s, with the swagger of unapologetic Indianness, organizers of the American Indian Movement (AIM) fought for Native liberation as a community of extended families. WARRIOR WOMEN is the story of Madonna Thunder Hawk, one such AIM leader who shaped a kindred group of activists’ children – including her daughter Marcy. Through their story, WARRIOR WOMEN explores what it means to balance a movement with motherhood and how activist legacies are passed down from generation to generation in the face of a government that has continually met Native resistance with mass violence. Goodocs.net. In this documentary we explore how faith prompts our action to promote social change.

The series is co-sponsored by the Center for Faith and Vocation and Center for interfaith cooperation, with partnership from the Jordan College of the Arts.