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Third Thursday film series features “Monsoon Wedding” on March 20

Posted 03/03/14

The Third Thursday film series, bridging the Fitchburg State campus and the city of Fitchburg, resumes this month with a screening and discussion of “Monsoon Wedding” (2001) on Thursday, March 20 at 4 p.m. at the Fitchburg Public Library, 610 Main St. Admission is free.

Each film is presented in the library auditorium, introduced by a member of the Fitchburg State faculty, staff or a community partner. The films touch on issues or events that will resonate with today’s audiences. An informal discussion follows each screening.

Faculty member Aruna Krishnamurthy (English Studies) will introduce “Monsoon Wedding,” which tells the story of a stressed father, a bride-to-be with a secret, a smitten event planner, and relatives from around the world who create much ado about the preparations for an arranged marriage in India.  The screening will be part of the university’s observance of Women’s History Month.

On April 17 at 4 p.m., faculty member Kevin McCarthy (Communications Media) presents “Scenes from a Parish.” In 2001, an irreverent, young, Harvard-educated Catholic priest arrived at Saint Patrick Parish in the hard-pressed former mill town of Lawrence, Mass. Father Paul O’Brien soon discovered that trying to foster an inclusive community amidst the ethnic tensions of this working-class, multicultural parish would be no mean feat. Filmed over four years, Scenes from a Parish explores the personal stories a Catholic parish struggling to reconcile the ideals of faith with the cultural realities of a globalized United States.

On May 8 at 4 p.m., faculty member Eric Budd (Economics, History and Political Science) presents “Waste Land” (2010). This uplifting feature documentary highlights the transformative power of art, and the beauty of the human spirit. Top-selling contemporary artist Vik Muniz takes us on an emotional journey from Jardim Gramacho, the world's largest landfill on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro, to the heights of international art stardom. The May screening is being held on the second Thursday of the month to avoid a conflict with the university’s Graduate Commencement ceremony on May 15.

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