Baraka and Samsara

Baraka and Samsara

Sunday 28 January 2018, 14.00-17.30
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
£3, Members/concessions £2

A double bill of non-narrative documentaries looking at the human events and experiences that shape life.

Baraka means 'breath of life' or 'a blessing' and this documentary was filmed over 13 months in 24 countries in 70mm.

Director: Ron Fricke
1992, 93 minutes, Cert. PG

Samsara continues the journey 20 years later, filmed over five years in 25 countries, in 70mm clarity with a vivid world music soundtrack.

Director: Ron Fricke
2011, 102 minutes, Cert. 12

There will be a 15-minute interval between the two films. 


Silence

Silence

Saturday 3 February 2018, 14.00-17.00
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
£3, Members/concessions £2

26 years in the making, Martin Scorsese brings Shusaku Endo's novel to life, exploring faith in extreme circumstances.

Young Catholic missionaries Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Garupe (Adam Driver) go on a secret mission to hostile Japan find their old mentor Ferreira (Liam Neeson) who is rumoured to have abandoned his faith and married. They are confronted by the harsh realities of faith in a place that rejects their beliefs but find strength in the small but determined congregation they find there.

Director: Martin Scorsese
2016, 161 minutes, Cert. 15 


The Dhamma Brothers

The Dhamma Brothers

Sunday 18 March 2018, 14.00-15.30
Stevenson Lecture Theatre
£3, Members/concessions £2

This documentary explores the power of mediation and how it can transform lives. In an overcrowded maximum security prison in Alabama a small group of men have taken up Vipassana mediation, an emotionally and physically demanding course of silent mediation taking place over 10 days.

Director: Andrew Kukara
2007, 76 minutes, Cert. E