A Look at Hope Through the Lens of Film

Artists and spiritual writers through the millennia remind us how the capacity to hope keeps us human. Vaclav Havel encourages us “to work for something because it is good.”

We all too easily live in the illusion of self-sufficiency, relying on our own abilities, or, feeling incapacitated through our powerlessness, often succumb to despair.  

“Where we have both dark and light we have also the inexplicable,” observed Samuel Beckett, who also noted, “The key word in all my plays is perhaps.”  

The gift of faith makes the ‘perhaps’ moments in our lives even more poignant.  Through viewing and discussing three films that evoke feelings surrounding the resiliency of ‘hope,” we will explore how the promise of life and freedom can break down the limitations of self-sufficiency and fear.

Session 1 – Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 7 p.m. EST- Lars and The Real Girl (US)
Session 2 – Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at 7 p.m. EST- The Lives of Others (German)
Session 3 – Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 7 p.m. EST – Jojo Rabbit (US)

About the presenter, Rev. Larry Lewis:

Father Larry Lewis has facilitated film discussions since 2004. The author of The Misfit: Haunting the Human – Unveiling the Divine, Father Lewis received his Ph.D. in spirituality from Duquesne University, and has been a friend of the Guild since 1997. A Maryknoll missionary, Father Lewis spent many years in China and then at the Cenacle Retreat Center on Long Island, NY. He now serves in the Maryknoll Office of Society Personnel.


3 Sessions, select Tuesdays at 7 p.m. EST beginning November 9, 2021
List of dates: 11/9/21, 12/7/21, 1/11/21
Via Zoom
No cost