Drury’s humanities film series returns to the Moxie with a futuristic focus

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 18, 2017 — Drury’s Humanities and Arts Film Series is returning to The Moxie Cinema for a sixth season this month with the theme, “Humanities and the Future.”

An eclectic mix of classic, foreign and documentary films will again be featured this season, with three screenings this fall and more to come in the spring. Grants from the Missouri Humanities Council, Missouri Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Humanities allow Drury to partner with the Moxie to host the films, which are followed by group discussions led by a Drury humanities and social sciences faculty member about the content and themes.

“We are especially grateful for the support of the Missouri Humanities Council, which has been a strong supporter of this series over the years, making it possible to bring the Drury experience to the public in a setting like the Moxie,” says Dr. Kevin Henderson, assistant professor of English and director of the film series.

All screenings will be held on Saturdays at 1 p.m. and are open to the public. Tickets are $5. This season’s film lineup includes:

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) – Oct. 28

Hosted by Dr. Chris Panza, professor of philosophy

Directed by Stanley Kubrick, “2001: A Space Odyssey” is an acclaimed masterpiece of science-fiction and cinematography. The film, which contains minimal dialogue and little physical action, relies instead on brilliant use of symbolism and imagery to ask difficult questions about the origins, limits, and destiny of the human race. “2001” is accompanied by a brilliant musical score and is considered by many to be the best science-fiction film of all time.

Les Visiteurs (1993) – Nov. 11

Hosted by Dr. Shelley Wolbrink, professor of history                                                                 

This award-winning French film tells the story of a medieval nobleman and his squire who accidentally time travel forward into the future while attempting to break a curse. Light-hearted and even silly at times, The Visitors can be as much a joy for American audiences today as it was for French audiences when it was released.

Where Do We Go Now? (2011) – Nov. 18

Hosted by Prof. Mouhcine El-Hajjami, visiting professor of Arabic

Set in an isolated village in Lebanon marred by religious sectarianism, director Nadine Labaki’s film offers a new, critical perspective of gender dichotomy in the Arab world. The film follows Christian and Muslim women of the village who intervene to prevent a full-scale religious war. The women, sick of losing husbands and children because of interfaith confrontations, insist on coexisting under a banner of tolerance. A daring combination of comedy, drama, and fantasy, the film challenges definitions of faith, film, and culture alike.

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Media Contact: Kevin Henderson – Director, Humanities and Arts Film Series: (417) 873-7426 or khenders@drury.edu.