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Film and Debate Series: "The Many Faces of Forgiveness"


Film and Debate Series: "The Many Faces of Forgiveness"

From 04 to 25 July 2017

La Casa Encendida
Ronda de Valencia, 2


Every Tuesday and Thursday in July, La Casa Encendida will host film and debate sessions that explore the theme of forgiveness and its myriad facets. We will screen seven feature films followed by discussions with experts from different fields: psychiatry, sociology, psychology, journalism, film criticism, etc.

Forgiveness is a word that can mean many things depending on the perspective from which we choose to analyse it. Gandhi said, "Forgiveness is the virtue of the brave. He alone who is strong enough to avenge a wrong knows how to love (and forgive)." It is not easy to assess forgiveness or the act of forgiving: Can every offence be forgiven? What does it mean to forgive? It may mean forgiving yourself in order to go on living—in other words, forgiveness as a survival mechanism. Or it can involve understanding the other and trying to build a new relationship. Forgiving can also be surviving, going our separate ways without resentment, hate or thoughts of revenge.

This topic raises many complicated questions and ideas. Is forgiveness something that only exists between people? What about entire countries? Or when a society's actions have heaped misfortune upon other groups? The word forgiveness also has many psychological, political, ideological and religious connotations. In this new film and debate series, we will try to delve deeper into the subject as we watch seven feature films and discuss them afterwards.

Curated by: Isabel Sánchez Fernández, a journalist who has organised film series and talks at different institutions for years and author of the cinema blog www.hildyjohnson.es

  • 04 July 2017
    "Tangerines", by Zaza Urushadze
    Films, Screenings, Talks "Tangerines", by Zaza Urushadze

    At the opening session of the series, entitled "Reconciliation between Peoples", we will watch Tangerines, a (…)

  • 06 July 2017
    "Oslo, August 31st" by Joachim Trier
    Films, Screenings, Talks "Oslo, August 31st" by Joachim Trier

    In the second session of the series, entitled "Forgiveness and Words", we will explore the idea of forgiving oneself (…)

  • 11 July 2017
    "Philomena" by Stephen Frears
    Films, Screenings, Talks "Philomena" by Stephen Frears

    In the third session of the series we will explore "Forgiveness and Words" through the film Philomena, which narrates (…)

  • 13 July 2017
    "Paulina" by Santiago Mitre
    Films, Screenings, Talks "Paulina" by Santiago Mitre

    Under the title "Forgiveness and the Law", the fourth session will offer a screening of Paulina (…)

  • 18 July 2017
    "I've Loved You So Long" by Philippe Claudel
    Films, Screenings, Talks "I've Loved You So Long" by Philippe Claudel

    The fifth session will explore "Forgiveness and Social Reinsertion" in a film where Philippe Claudel adopts the (…)

  • 20 July 2017
    "Frantz" by François Ozon
    Films, Screenings, Talks "Frantz" by François Ozon

    The sixth film session will address the theme of "Forgiveness and Film" (…)

  • 25 July 2017
    "The Past" by Asghar Farhadi
    Films, Screenings, Talks "The Past" by Asghar Farhadi

    Last session of the series, entitled "A History of Forgiveness" (…)

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