Pacem in Terris Winter Film Series
Fridays, Feb. 23, March 2, 9 and 16 at 7 pm
St. Stephen's hosts the Pacem in Terris Winter Film & Discussion Series. Film series is free and open to the public.
February 23, 2018 Hacksaw Ridge - Non-violence and War
The true story of Desmond Doss who, in Okinawa during the bloodiest battle of WWII, saved 75 men without firing or carrying a gun. He was the only American soldier in WWII to fight on the front lines without a weapon, as he believed that while the war was justified, killing was nevertheless wrong. He was the first conscientious objector to ever earn the Congressional Medal of Honor.
How can you be non-violent in a violent world? Cannon-violence be useful in a world of violence? How can you stick to your values in a world where peer pressure to be different is intense and unrelenting? How can non-violence influence the violent? Is it possible for people of faith and conscience to live with integrity in a world of evil and oppression?
March 2 - Arrival - Communication in Solving Human Crises
Mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe. An elite team, lead by linguist Louise Banks are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers— and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life,and quite possibly humanity.
How do you treat immigrants that are different than you?How do you communicate with someone different than you? Is communication possible with someone radically different than you? Who has radically different political views than you?
March 9 - The Bridges at Toko-Ri - US Korean War Can It Happen Again?
Provocative and realistic Korean war drama (which contains a strong anti-war message) deals with U.S. Navy pilots assigned to bomb a group of bridges in North Korea. It emphasizes the lives of the pilots and crew in the context of the Korean War— a conflict that until recently seemed remote.
What was the last war with Korea like? What is the origin of the current posturing and bellicose behavior of politicians when it comes to Korea? Is war with Korea something we want to do again?
March 16 - Dr. Strangelove - The Atomic Clock Countdown Can We End the Era of Nuclear War?
Wrong person pushed the wrong button -- and played for laughs. U.S. Air Force General Jack Ripper goes insane, and sends his bomber wing to destroy the U.S.S.R. He thinks that the communists are conspiring to pollute the "precious bodily fluids" of the American people. (Almost as crazy sounding as the current nuclear rhetoric coming out of Washington and Pyongyang.)
Is nuclear war possible? Inevitable? Could it be started by a madman? By a current delusional politician? Can the threat of nuclear war be eliminated?