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The Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage

Faith in Focus Film Series

Damen Cinema

This program, open to members of LUC and the general public, explores themes of faith and the lives of prominent figures in the Catholic Church.  Feature film screenings are followed by discussion led by prominent LUC professors or guest speakers.

Upcoming Screenings

Fall 2014

Mi Familia by Gregory Nava
Post-Screening Discussion with Dr. D. Scott Hendrickson, S.J.
Damen Cinema, Lake Shore Campus
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 ~ 6:30PM - 9:30PM

Babel by Alejandro González Iñárritu
Post-Screening Discussion with Dr. Michael Murphy
Damen Cinema, Lake Shore Campus
Thursday, 6 November 2014 ~ 6:30PM - 9:30PM

El Crimen del Padre Amaro by Carlos Carrera
Post-Screening Discussion with Dr. Mark Bosco, S.J. and Dr. Hector Garcia
Damen Cinema, Lake Shore Campus
Monday, 10 November 2014 ~ 6:30PM - 9:30PM


Past Screenings

The Third Miracle by Agnieszka Holland
Tuesday, 25 March 2014 ~ 7:00PM - 9:30PM

A priest finds his faith tested when he's assigned to investigate a possible case of divine intervention.

Join us for a viewing and discussion of the 1999 film The Third Miracle.

Household Saints by Nancy Savoca
Monday, November 18, 2013 ~ 6:30PM - 9:30PM

Guest Speaker: Film Director Nancy Savoca 

We began the month of November with the Feast of All Saints and the Hank Center's final program of the month takes the question of sainthood to a whole new level with the film Household Saints by Nancy Savoca. Adapted from the acclaimed novel by Francine Prose, Household Saints tells the story of an Italian-American family and the generational differences they live through as they become assimilated into mainstream America. A funny yet probing drama, the question of the nature of sainthood is at the heart of the movie. The late Andrew Greeley, a fan of the film, claimed that it was the best recreation of the street scenes in Italian American neighborhoods. We are extremely lucky to have with us the film's director, Nancy Savoca, to discuss the (Italian) Catholic imagination that inspires it.

La Mia Strada by Michael DiLauro
Thursday, November 7, 2013 ~ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

La Mia Strada is a feature-length documentary that offers a personal perspective on ethnicity and culture as it links ancient and contemporary Italian culture with its Italian-American counterpart. It’s a discovery of how fragile the bonds are that connect a family from generation to generation, from country to country, even as they search for ways to adapt to an ever-changing world. Over a period of years, the filmmaker has conducted dozens of interviews, explored historical sites, sifted through archeological artifacts, dug through family photographs, and immersed himself in the music, poetry, and oral histories of the Abruzzo, Molise and Puglia regions.  La Mia Strada links the ancient and contemporary history of families divided by an ocean, yet united by an indelible genetic bond.

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Past Faith in Focus Film Screenings


The Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage
Loyola University Chicago · Lake Shore Campus: 1032 West Sheridan Road · Cuneo Hall, Room 428 · Chicago, Illinois 60660 · Tel: 773.508.3820 · Fax: 773.508.3829

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