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We Are All Connected: Migration, Compassion, and Cultural Encounter on Film--Then and Now
Marymount Film Festival at Ethics Week
Friday, February 14 10am-5pm, Gailhac G115
10:00am-12:30pm The Mission (1984) Dir. Roland Joffé, Starring Robert DeNiro, Jeremy Irons, Aidan Quinn, Liam Neeson.
This Oscar-winning film depicts the tension between European Jesuits who travelled to South America to bring Christianity to the newly colonised inhabitants and their threat to the slave trade of Spanish and Portuguese empires.
3:00-5:00pm And the Band Played On (1993) Dir. Robert Spottiswoode, Starring Matthew Modine, Alan Alda, Ian McKellen, Lily Tomlin, Richard Gere.
This adaptation of Randy Shilts' journalism studies the early days of the CDC's research into the international outbreak of a virus that would be named AIDS. The film touches on issues of international immigration, medical research, and the intersection of politics, disease and migration. In 1981, epidemiologist Don Francis learns of an increased rate of death among gay men in urban areas. The startling information leads him to begin investigating the outbreak, which is ultimately identified as AIDS. His journey finds mostly opposition from politicians and doctors as people continue dying at an ever-increasing pace.
As part of a celebration of Marymount's 70th birthday, MU Film Fest is encouraging the community to use film to talk about the legacy of Catholic compassion for families and people in the process of migration. Look for "pop up" films in your courses and on campus throughout the semester!
Location: Gailhac G115