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September 19 | Children of Men October 10 | Miss Potter November 12 | Blood Diamond December 5 | Amazing Grace
Films begin at 7pm in the Marjorie Hall Thulin Fine Arts Performance Hall in the Fine Arts Building at Judson University.

JUDSON UNIVERSITY UNIVERS Film Discussion Series

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January 23 | Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix February 20 | Evan Almighty April 2 | IMAGO Film Festival April 23 | Sicko

Reel Conversations:
Conversations about Culture, Faith & Contemporary Film
The premise of Reel Conversations is simple: film should be taken seriously. The Reel Conversations film series helps us engage contemporary films from a Christian perspective in terms of what they are saying and how they are saying it. Reel Conversations probes questions such as: • What difference do faith and Christian commitment make in how we view contemporary film? • What can we learn from them about human nature and culture, about diverse life experiences and societal problems? • What are filmmakers communicating to us and reflecting in their work? • What can film “do” to us in shaping our ideas, impacting our emotions, and influencing our behavior? • What is the difference between the accurate representation of reality, and exploitation or titillation? • Do films change culture or simply reflect it? With a member of the Judson community facilitating our conversation, we will seek to critically engage the films we view.

Children of Men
September 19 | 7PM Discussion leader: Prof. Terry Wandtke The year is 2027, and women can no longer give birth. The youngest inhabitant of the planet has just died at the age of 18, and all hope for humanity has been lost. As civilization descends into chaos, a dying world finds one last chance for survival in the form of a woman who has become inexplicably pregnant. Now, as warring nationalistic sects clash and British leaders try to maintain their totalitarian stronghold on the country, a disillusioned bureaucrat (Clive Owen) is brought back into the fold of activism by his guerrilla ex-wife (Julianne Moore). Reluctantly, he takes on the daunting task of escorting the young woman who represents humankind’s last hope for survival out of harm’s way. (Rated R for strong language, some sexual content and some violence. Strong caution advised.)

AMAZING GRACE
December 5| 7PM Discussion leader: President Jerry Cain “Every song has its story. Every gen ation has its hero.” y g neration s he generation The inspiring story of how one man’ passion and perspiring piring man’s an’s n’s n severance changed the world. Based on the true life ance ed e story of William Wilberforce (Ioan Gruffudd), a leader of the British abolition movement, the film chronic move mc chronicles his epic struggle to pass a law to end the slave trade ic c t tra t in the late 18th century. Along the way, Wilberforce way, Wilberfo ay, meets intense opposition from members of Parliament who feel the slave trade is tied to the stability of the British Empire. Several friends, including Wilberforce’s minister, John Newton (Albert Finney), a reformed slave ship captain who penned the beloved hymn Amazing Grace, urge him to see the cause through. (Rated PG for mild thematic elements and brief language.)

IMAGO FILM FESTIVAL
APRIL 2 | 7PM Discussion leader: Special Guest Judson University s week-long Imago Film udson University’s week long Festival is designed to showcase films of estival l spiritual significance. Open to the campus and public at large, the festival will feature lectures on faith and film, workshops about ectures abou filmmaking, and screenings of original films. lms Several prizes will be awarded to the makers of exemplary festival submissions (including a $1000 grand prize). For more on festival events as they become available and for submission guidelines, visit our website at imagofilmfestival.com.

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Miss Potter
October 10 | 7PM Discussion leaders: Profs. Lynn Hamm ussion Hammerlund and Steve Layne e The true story of Beatrix Potter (René Zellweger), the (Renée Zellweger) eatrix Zellweger woman who created some of the most b l d charbeloved h d f h acters in children s literature, brought to the screen in a rs children’s drama leavened with elements of comedy and romance. ma a rom roma Miss Potter is an imaginative but gently eccentric w woms an living in the socially and intellectually confining circumstances of Victorian England. Potter’s wealthy parents are eager for her to marry a successful man and settle down, but she has ideas of her own. A strong personal bond grows between Potter and her publisher (Ewan McGregor) but Beatrix’s parents and fate have other plans. (Rated PG for brief mild language.)

HARRY POTTER / ORDER OF THE PHOENIX
January 23 | 7PM Discussion leader: Prof. Pat Hargis Rumor has it that the dreaded Lord Voldemart has reVoldemart r ma m turned to Hogwarts, but the Minister for Magic isn so Magic isn’t a sure what to make of all the hearsay currently floa curren floating oa around the campus. Suspecting that the Headmaster may be fueling the rumors in order to undermine his aue rum mors underm mine hi a thority and lay claim to his jo Cornelius Fudg entru Fudge ent a o job, dge entrusts the newly arrived Defense Against the Dark Arts profesw wly Ar prof sor with the task of tracking Dumbledore and keeping a protective watch over the nervous student body. However, the young wizards of Hogwarts will need something much more effective than Umbridge’s Ministry-approved course in defensive magic if they are to truly succeed in the extraordinary battle that lies ahead. (Rated PG-13 for sequences of fantasy violence and frightening images.)

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April 23 | 7PM Discussion leaders: Profs. Brenda Braaten and Tim Johnson “This might hurt a little.” After exploring the plight of American workers in Roger and Me and the predomierican can an M predom nance of violence in American culture in Bowling for ce America c ture Bo Columbine, Michael Moore turns his attention toward umbine, s towa the topic of health care in the United States in this documentary that weighs the plight of the uninsured umentary t plight ight uninsure uninsu (and the insured) against the record-breaking profits o reco ord-breaking t of the pharmaceutical and insurance industry. After coninsuran industry Aft con nce Af sidering how the system got into such a mess, we are whisked around the world, visiting countries including Canada, Great Britain and France, where all citizens receive free medical benefits. Sticking to his tried-andtrue one-man approach, Moore sheds light on the complicated medical affairs of individuals and local communities. (Rated PG-13 for brief strong language.)

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Blood Diamond
November 12 | 7PM Discussion leader: Ms. Wendy Bernhard, Missionary in Residence Ripped from his family farm and forced to toil away in the sweltering South African diamond fields, Solo elds Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou) discovered an extraordinary dy e extraord rough stone of immeasurable value. Danny Ar gh A Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio) is a hired gun who specializes in the sale of so-called “blood diamonds” that are used tha to finance rebellions and terrorist organizations. The nce organization pair enlist the aid of disillusioned American journaljou ist Maddy Bowen (Jennifer Connelly) in recovering the treasure that has the power to save Vandy’s family and provide the desperate Archer with a much-needed chance for redemption. (Rated R for strong graphic violence, some sexual content, nudity and language.)

EVAN ALMIGHTY
February 20 | 7PM Discussion leader: Prof. Marsha Vaughn “A comedy of biblical proportions.” Polished, preening newscaster Evan Baxter (Steve Carell) is the next one anointed by God to accomplish a holy mission in this nted y miss sequel to Bruce Almighty. Newly elected to Cong el ed Congress, Evan leaves Buffalo behind and shepherds his family d hi fa to suburban northern Virginia. Once there, his life gets turned upside-down when God (Morgan Freem Freeman) apd pears and mysteriously commands him to build an ark. a But his befuddled family just can’t decide whether E Evan s is having an extraordinary mid-life crisis or is truly onto something of biblical proportions. What follows is an unusual adventure for a man who just wanted to serve his country but who may actually be serving humanity. (Rated PG for mild rude humor and some peril.)

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For more information on Reel Conversations, contact Professor Michael McKeever at 847-628-1054 or mmckeever@judsonu.edu.