Video Divina

Video Divina 2017-2018 - Come and See: Ikons of Love in Contemporary Movies

In his recent encyclical, The Joy of Love, Pope Francis speaks convincingly and beautifully of the primacy of Love in human life. Recent cinema offers us a striking variety of movies that courageously examine the multi-faceted experience of Love: its redeeming power; its moral impact; the challenge and struggle it calls us to; the sacrifice and pain it demands; the satisfaction and hope it provides; the fullness of joy and life it offers.

This years movies are shown on Friday evenings from 7:00 to 9:30 PM in the Parish Rectory. The dates for this years movies are:
2017: September 22, October 20, November 10, and December 8
2018: February 16, March 16, April 20, and May 8

Join theologian, film scholar and Associate Pastor of Saint Monica’s Parish, Fr. Lloyd Baugh, S.J.

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Friday, October 20, 2017 - 7:00pm

Starring: Emmanuelle Devos, Pascal Elbé, and Jules Sitruk

In Jerusalem, a Jewish family is shocked by the news that their son has a blood group type different from theirs, and so, cannot be their son. Their doctor discovers that 18 year previous, an air raid hit the hospital where the Jewish child was born, and in the ensuing panic, that baby was switched by mistake with the new-born of a Palestinian family. The Palestinian boy has been raised as a Jew, and the son of the Jewish family is a Palestinian Muslim and lives on the other side of the wall that divides the country. The film investigates how the two families – political foes, so different in culture and beliefs – deal with this news, and how from being enemies, they need to become a family.

Friday, November 10, 2017 - 7:00pm

Starring: Kim Rossi Stuart, Andrea Rossi, and Charlotte Rampling

Gianni is the father of Paolo, a developmentally-disabled 16-year old. The man abandoned the boy at birth when the child’s mother died. Paolo's aunt and uncle have raised him. They contact Gianni and ask him to take Paolo to Berlin for a battery of medical tests. Images of people walking, running, skating, and dancing dot the screen as Gianni and his son struggle to get to know each other. Over a few days, Gianni tries to sort out his moral obligations and his desires. Will he accept his role as father to this engaging, mercurial, disabled youth?

Friday, December 8, 2017 - 7:00pm

Starring: Don Cheadle, Sandra Bullock, Thandie Newton and Matt Dillon

Over a thirty-six hour period in Los Angeles, the lives of a handful of desperate people intertwine as they deal with the racial and economic tensions that characterize life in the city. A White district attorney uses race as a political card; two Black carjackers use their race both to their advantage and as an excuse; an Hispanic locksmith and his little girl face an angry and armed Iranian immigrant; a Black TV director and his wife, victim of sexual abuse, struggle with the White Hollywood establishment; a couple of Korean immigrants profit from human trafficking. It’s Christmastime. Is peace and reconciliation possible?

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 7:00pm
Starring: Catherine Mouchet, Hélène Alexandridis, and Aurore Prieto
By far the most effective and challenging rendering of the Thérèse-event ... the film is scrupulously attentive to historical facts and words, but also to visual and atmospheric detail. “Thérèse” is a beautifully composed and lit evocation of the stylized life of the Lisieux Carmelite, but it focuses mainly on faces in spaces, on intensity within enclosure, and on the powerful words/prayers of the “Song of Songs” and Thé-rèse’s spiritual journal. The film captures the grace with which these mystics live their communion with God, the intense pleasure Thérèse feels in her intimacy with Jesus and the dark void she experiences when He seems to be absent.​
Friday, March 16, 2018 - 7:00pm

Starring: Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton, and Peter Firth

Jerusalem, 33 AD. Clavius is a senior officer in the Roman army, delegated to be the officer-in-command at a crucifixion and to ensure that no incidents occur at or after the execution. When the body of one of those executed disappears from its tomb, followed by growing rumors that he has risen from the dead, Pontius Pilate delegates Clavius to investigate this troublesome mystery. The man whose body has disappeared is a Galilean named Jeshua, or Jesus. What begins as a professional duty for the pagan Clavius soon becomes a spiritual search that leads him through a profound conversion experience.

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 7:00pm

Starring: Michael Lonsdale, Rutger Hauer, and Massimo De Francovich

In this grace-filled meditation on faith and historical/cultural change, an elderly Italian priest watches as his church, abandoned for some time, is deconsecrated; the pews pushed into a corner by a forklift, Christ on the cross deposed by a crane. In the night, while the discouraged priest prays alone, a group of desperate North Africans, just landed on the nearby beach, slip into the church seeking sanctuary. With the Carabinieri in pursuit, the illegals settle in the nave, silently throwing together huts out of cardboard. Warned by his sacristan, the pastor resists: “When charity is a risk, is precisely when it is necessary to offer charity.”

Friday, May 18, 2018 - 7:00pm

Starring: Daniel Giménez Cacho, Daniel Tovar, and Alan Chávez

Living in splendid isolation in “La Zona,” heavily-walled and guarded gated community in Mexico City, Alejandro has little idea of what goes on outside his privileged life. However, he catches a fateful glimpse – on his 18th birthday – when several poor teenagers break into “La Zona” to steal from the wealthy residents. But their plans tragically unravel when an elderly woman accidently is killed. As the community forms a violent mob of vigilantes to find the criminals, Alejandro discovers one of them, a boy his age, hiding in his basement. Their brief but critical meeting compels a reflection on very timely moral, religious and social issues.​