Faith and Film Series 2017-2018

Facilitators: Katherine Becker MS and Susan (Bonnie) Delay MS

For the eighth year we will explore aspects of faith, spirituality, courage, love, evil, forgiveness, and redemption through the lens of film.

Movies begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Discussion will follow the movie.   Tea, coffee and snacks will be served. We invite you to come early with  friends and bring a sandwich.

All films will be shown on Thursday evenings in the Morcone Center. Glastonbury Abbey holds the appropriate movie site licensing to show all films. Donations are gratefully accepted.

Katherine Becker was involved in public education for 38 years as an English teacher and as a high school guidance counselor.

Susan (Bonnie) Delay was a senior research analyst at Boston College’s  Institute for Scientific Research for 45 years.  She has a BA in mathematics from Trinity College and an MS in business from Boston College.

September 14, 2017 - The First Grader 1 Hour 45 minutes PG13

The Kenyan government introduces a free education system, which  attracts an unlikely applicant. An old man who fought for his country's independence from British rule wants to learn how to read. A kindly  teacher helps him gain admission, but faces opposition from parents and officials who see it as a waste of a school place. Fact-based drama,  starring Oliver Litondo and Naomie Harris.

October 26, 2017 -  The Innocents 1 hour 55 minutes PG13

In 1945 Warsaw, a French Red Cross doctor (Lou de Laage) is called to a convent on an urgent matter. Once there, she not only helps a nun give birth, but discovers that several other women at the monastery are also pregnant. Soon, she is tasked with keeping the secret of what happened at the convent during World War II. Directed by Anne Fontaine, The Innocents made its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

November 30, 2017 - Shadowland 2 Hours 11 minutes PG

C.S. Lewis, the author of the "Chronicles of Narnia" books, known as Jack, teaches at Oxford during the 1950s. An American fan, Joy Gresham, arrives to meet him for tea in Oxford. It is the beginning of a love affair. Tragically, Joy becomes terminally ill and their lives become complicated.

March 1, 2018  – On The Waterfront 1 Hour 48 minutes Not Rated

On The Waterfront is the story of the men who had the courage to stand up to the corrupt longshoreman's union, which is controlled by Johnny (Lee J. Cobb). One of Johnny's top aides is Charley (Rod Steiger), whose brother Terry (Marlon Brando), a former prize - fighter, is treated almost like a mascot by Johnny  -- he makes sure that Terry gets the best work assignments. After Terry unwittingly contributes to the death of a man named Joey, who dared to speak out about union corruption, Joey's sister Edie (Eva Marie Saint) goes to local priest Father Barry (Karl Malden) for help. Father Barry sets up a meeting to talk about what's going on, but  everyone is too scared to speak up. Finally a man named Dugan (Pat Henning) agrees to talk, but tragedy strikes again. Meanwhile, Terry and Edie fall in love -- but Terry's troubles are just beginning.

April 12, 2018  - Trumbo  2 Hours 4 minutes   R

In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was Hollywood's top screen-writer until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. TRUMBO (directed by Jay Roach) recounts how Dalton used  words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity  and injustice under the blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip  columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) to John Wayne, Kirk Douglas  and Otto Preminger.