Library, MacMurray team up to take on cinematic war

Film at war

Film at war

Posted: Saturday, September 21, 2013 6:00 am


The Jacksonville Public Library and MacMurray College are co-sponsoring a film festival that will include viewings and discussions about significant movies.

The Humanities Film Series kicks off its inaugural year with “Perspectives on War,” screenings of four seminal war films and discussion periods hosted by MacMurray faculty and the director of the public library.

The events, which will run 6-9 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month, are free and open to the public and will be held in the basement meeting room of the Jacksonville Public Library.

“These films reveal the human condition, particularly in relation to the experience and effect of war,” said Chris Strangeman, assistant professor of history at MacMurray, who organized the series. “The series will give people in the area a chance to screen superb films and discuss them with others in the community who are interested in film.”

The four films are:

• Oct. 10: “Gallipoli” – Set in the failure of the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I, this movie depicts the loss of innocence and the coming of age of the Australian soldiers and of their country. It was an early lead role for actor Mel Gibson. Discussion led by Strangeman.

Nov. 14: “Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace” – Portrays the extraordinary courage of Dietich Bonhoeffer, a German theologian who resisted the Nazi extermination of the Jews and was involved in a plot to kill Hitler, for which he was hung. Discussion led by Eric Berg, MacMurray associate professor of philosophy and religion

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