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February 16, 2006 - 6:30pm
Mana ¥yond Belief, 2004
Directed by Peter Friedman and Roger Manley
Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Peter Friedman and anthropologist Roger Manley travel the world searching for forms of Mana, a Polynesian name given to the power invested in things. From Elvis impersonators to Voodoo ceremonies, the film unites Friedman?gorgeous aesthetics with Manley?ethnological observations. The result is a rich visual masterpiece, which questions the role of belief in our daily lives. 92 min.
April 6, 2006 - 6:30pm
The Straight Story, 1999
Directed by David Lynch
Three time Academy Award-nominated director David Lynch explores the landscape of loss and family ties in the seemingly simple story of a man who rides a tractor from Laurens, Iowa to Mt. Zion, Wisconsin. A departure from Lynch?typically bizarre and abstract imagery, the film presents a portrait of mortality that is still undeniably a creation of his dream-like aesthetic sense. 112 min.
May 18, 2006 - 6:30pm
Land of Silence and Darkness, 1971
Directed by Werner Herzog
Acclaimed German filmmaker Werner Herzog pioneered the genre of non-fiction cinema, challenging the notion that ?uth?equires no augmentation of reality. Land of Silence and Darkness, one of his best-known documentaries, follows the story of blind and deaf Fini Strabinger as she confronts the human impulse to communicate. Confined to her bed for three decades, Strabinger overcomes an existence that is unimaginably remote and abstract, and ultimately triumphs over the constraints nature has placed on her spirit. 85 min.
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