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Auteur Film Series
Religion: Opium or Oracle?

“The Ethiopians say that their gods are snub-nosed and black, the Thracians that theirs have light blue eyes and red hair.” –Xenophanes

“Religion is the state of being grasped by an ultimate concern, a concern which qualifies all other concerns as preliminary and which itself contains the answer to the question of the meaning of life.” –Paul Tillich

“Religion is…our human response to being alive and having to die.” –F. Forrester Church

“Human decency is not derived from religion. It precedes it.” –Christopher Hitchens

Discuss religion, and you invite argument. Nothing seems to stir the passions so frenetically, for everything seems to hang in the balance. For some, religion speaks to our most noble achievements while others find only opprobrium. As if to distance themselves from the problems inherent in the definition, we more often today hear someone say, “I’m not religious; I’m spiritual.”

Is it any wonder, then, that filmmakers have taken up the gauntlet to show us how varied the responses, how nuanced the truths our religions reveal? Can we find our humanity even in the midst of horror? Can we ever be certain beyond any shadow of doubt? Is love enough?

Prof. Tony Howard, Auteur Film Series Guest Director 2015-16

Each film will be followed by a panel discussion led by Collin College faculty and staff. The series supports the college's core values of learning, creativity and involvement by engaging students through film and discussion.

All screenings are free and open to the public. Doors open 30 minutes before the film begins. Seating is limited. Some material may not be suitable for all audiences. To request an ASL interpreter and subtitles for any film, please email Dr. Perry at two weeks before the screening.

Life is Beautiful
7 p.m., Thurs., Sept. 10, 2015
Angelika Film Center in Plano
(PG-13, 1997, dir. Roberto Benigni, 116 minutes)
A Jewish man convinces his young son that their life in a concentration camp is part of an elaborate game.

7 p.m., Wed., Oct. 7, 2015
Spring Creek Campus Living Legends Conference Center
(PG-13, 2005, dir. Deepa Mehta, 117 minutes)
In 1938, a “widowed” 7-year-old lives in an ashram filled with complicated women.

A Separation
7 p.m., Mon., Nov. 9, 2015
Preston Ridge Campus Conference Center
(PG-13, 2011, dir. Asghar Farhadi, 123 minutes)
Two families in Iran try to do the right thing under impossible circumstances.

The Wicker Man
7 p.m., Tues., Feb. 9, 2016
Spring Creek Campus Living Legends Conference Center
(R, 1973, dir. Robin Hardy, 88 minutes)
Investigating a missing girl, Sgt. Howie finds himself in a  remote pagan community.

7 p.m., Thurs., Mar. 24, 2016
Angelika Film Center in Plano
(PG-13, 2008, dir. John Patrick Shanley, 104 minutes)
In 1964, nuns at a Catholic school question a priest’s friendship with a student.

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring
7 p.m., Wed., Apr. 13, 2016
Central Park Campus Conference Center
(R, 2003, dir. Ki-duk Kim, 103 minutes)
The wheel of life and rebirth is explored in the lives of a monk and his apprentice.

Dr. Carolyn Perry, Auteur Film Series Director

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Spring Creek Campus
2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano

Preston Ridge Campus
9700 Wade Blvd., Frisco

Central Park Campus
2200 W. University Drive, McKinney

Angelika Film Center
The Shops at Legacy, 7205 Bishop Rd., Plano

The Auteur Film Series is supported by
the Communication and Humanities Division at Collin College.
Carolyn Perry
Film Series Director
Professor of Humanities and Film
Collin College

Tony Howard
Film Series Guest Director
Professor of English and
Comparative Religion
Collin College
Diana Gingo
Social Media Director
PRC Campus Rep
Professor of English
Rich DeRouen
CPC Campus Rep.
Professor of Humanities
Gloria Cockerell
SCC Campus Rep.
Professor of English, Management, and Marketing

Communication and Humanities Division

Spring Creek Campus, B189