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Film and Theology

Monday 8th – Thursday 11th April

This annual gathering, now in its fifteenth year, provides an opportunity to reflect theologically on contemporary and classical films including Amour, Hunger, Argo, The Hunt, Intolerance, Moonrise Kingdom, and Shame. As usual it is an eclectic bunch of films ranging from 1916 to 2012, art house to popular blockbuster, IRA hunger strike to young love. But the range and variety doesn’t matter nor does the apparent lack of explicit religious themes or setting. All films have a set of values that they are implicitly or explicitly propagating and can therefore be part of a dialogue with theology.

Participants in the course are also asked to bring a short clip (4 – 5mins) from a film that is resonant with their theology or world view. They will be asked to show the clip and introduce it – the only rule is that their introduction must be shorter than the clip!

The inclusive course fee (£255 - £285) covers morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, bed and breakfast. Non-residential prices, Clergy and Student discounts are available on request.

To book call 01244 532350 or email enquiries@gladlib.org.

If you are interested in joining the course, or simply in film and theology, Peter Francis has developed a short Study Guide from the library's extensive collections on the subject. It can be downloaded to your computer, tablet or Kindle here.

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