Lenten Movie Series

Sundays during Lent, 12–2pm

Join us for fellowship and conversation around a series of interesting topics. After worship we will gather for a light lunch, then we’ll watch a movie and engage in some lively discussion. No previous knowledge necessary, all are welcome. 

  • Milk     February 18

    “Never blend in.” In 1978, Harvey Milk, who was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California, was assassinated along with San Francisco mayor George Moscone. The killer, Dan White, had, like Milk, been a member of the city’s Board of Supervisors. As well as telling the story of the crime and subsequent trial, Gus Van Sant’s 2008 biopic uses his subject’s life as a vehicle for exploring the fight for gay rights in America during Milk’s lifetime.

  • Hidden Figures     February 25

    “Genius has no race. Strength has no gender. Courage has no limit. Meet the women you don’t know behind the story you do.” This critically acclaimed 2016 film tells the story of the careers of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, three African American mathematicians whose work behind the scenes played a crucial role in the success of NASA during the golden age of spaceflight.

  • 13th     March 4

    “From slave to criminal with one amendment.” The Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution abolished slavery and indentured servitude—except for those convicted of crimes. That loophole opened the way for massive abuses of the American judicial system and for the rise of the prison-industrial complex. Ava DuVernay makes clear in this chilling documentary that American politicians (on both sides of the aisle) and businesspeople have been profiting from the continuation of slavery under the auspices of “public safety” since the end of the Civil War. Generations of families, whole neighborhoods, and large swaths of the U.S. population have suffered as a result.

  • Silence     March 11

    “Sometimes silence is the deadliest sound.” In seventeenth-century Japan, the practice of Christianity was forbidden. In his 2016 period drama, Martin Scorsese takes us onto a battleground of faith in which samurais took the role of inquisitors. The film’s protagonists are Portuguese and Italian Jesuits who underwent unspeakable trials and later struggled to make peace with their actions and speech under torture.

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The United Presbyterian Church of Binghamton

42 Chenango Street

Binghamton, NY 13901

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