Course Overview

Good cinema can be transformational. We’ll view films from around the world. Some well-known, others harder to find. Our definition of spiritual is wide, and includes inspirational, metaphysical and philosophical topics. We’ll begin with a teaching piece about spiritual cinema and then a short introduction of the film of the day, followed by the movie (popcorn and cookies included!). We’ll discuss what interested and moved us, including the psychological and spiritual themes, motifs, symbols and life lessons. Documentaries and feature films will be screened, including at least one international film. There will be suggested reading but no textbook. Please note: The films will be chosen by the instructor and listed on the syllabus well in advance of the first week of class.

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Films to be Viewed

Week 1: Alive Inside (2014, 78 min.) (D)

Week 2: The Sapphires (2012, 99 min.) (F)

Week 3:  Finding Joe (2011, 80 min.) (D)

Week 4:  The Olive Tree (2016, 100 min.) (F)

Week 5: Departures (2009, 131 min.) (F)

Week 6:  Jane’s Journey (2012, 86 min.) (D)

Week 7: As it is in Heaven (2005, 132 min.) (F)

Week 8: Intouchables (2013, 112 min.) (F)

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In-Person Class
1:00PM to 3:30PM
Sep 04, 2024 to Oct 30, 2024
Contact Hours
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Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $99.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Sep 01, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Sep 01, 2024

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Proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is no longer required for entry. Masks are recommended.

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This class is eligible for UNM Tuition Remission under Personal Enrichment.

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