Drury Humanities and Arts Film Series

Drury's Humanities and Arts Film Series is returning to The Moxie Cinema for a sixth season beginning this October. Grants from the Missouri Humanities Council, Missouri Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities have allowed Drury faculty and students to host films, short lectures, and humanities-themed discussions on several Saturdays downtown, and our eclectic series of classic, foreign, and documentary films has become a great opportunity to bring some of what we do at Drury to the broader community.  

Three films will be hosted at The Moxie this fall. Tickets will continue to be half-price ($5). All screenings will be on Saturdays at 1 p.m. and will be followed by faculty-led discussions of humanistic values and cinema history. This year's HEC theme, "Humanities and The Future," will also be explored in many of the selections. 

For those new to Springfield or unfamiliar with The Moxie, this independent local arts cinema is located downtown at 305 S. Campbell, across from Kai and connected to the College Station parking garage. 


Fall 2017

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Dr. Chris Panza
October 28, 1 p.m.

Few films are as polarizing, maddening and confusing - yet uplifting, thought-provoking and exhilarating - as Stanley Kubrick's 1968 science fiction cinematic masterpiece, which frequently tops lists of the "Best Sci-Fi Films of All Time" (The Guardian, Rolling Stone, SyFy, Sight and Sound, IGN and AFI). Clocking in at two hours and twenty-nine minutes, 2001 contains virtually no dialogue and little to no physical action, leaving the construction of the film's narrative to cinematography that deliberately employs symbolism and sublime imagery to ask primordial philosophical questions about the origins, limits and destiny of the human race - and it's all set to a brilliant musical score. Come armed with patience, a tolerance for the ambiguity and a sense of childlike wonder. After the film, audiences will want to know the answer to the question: "What lies beyond Jupiter and the Infinite?" Dr. Panza will argue that the answer is surprisingly simple, and even optimistic, but, in the spirit of the film, the answer is also challenging and disorienting.  

Le Visiteurs (1993)
Dr. Shelley Wolbrink
November 11, 1 p.m.

In this award-winning French film, directed by Jean-Marie Poire, a medieval nobleman and his squire accidentally travel forward into the future when attempting to break a curse. Starring Jean Reno as the French lord, this light-hearted film should tickle the funny bone while also provoking questions about how we moderns think about the Middle Ages.  The Visitors offers commentary on medieval hygiene, magical potions, and sorcery while putting the time-traveling team in contact with modern appliances, transportation, and toothpaste.  Celebrated, at times silly, and certainly beloved by the French and a wide cult audience, this film was nominated for several César awards. 

Where Do We Go Now? (2011)
Prof. Mouhcine El Hajjami 
November 18, 1 p.m.

Directed by Nadine Labaki, this Arabic film won the François Chalais Prize at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, partly for its daring combination of comedy, drama and fantasy in depicting a group of Christian and Muslim women struggling to forge a lasting peace.  In an isolated village in Lebanon, where Christian and Muslim men are involved in religious sectarianism, women intervene wisely (and with subtle ruses to divert attention) to stop the men from killing each other and starting a larger religious war.  The women, who are sick of losing husbands and children because of interfaith confrontations, insist on coexisting under the banner of tolerance. Labaki offers a new critical perspective on gender dichotomy in the Arab world and, throughout the film, women reclaim space and voice to empower themselves against many forms of religious conflicts.   

For more information on the series, please contact Dr. Kevin Henderson at khenders@drury.edu