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Third Thursday film series presents “Scenes from a Parish” on April 17

Posted 04/07/14

"Scenes from a Parish" film posterThe Third Thursday film series, bridging the Fitchburg State campus and the city of Fitchburg, resumes this month with a screening and discussion of “Scenes from a Parish” on Thursday, April 17 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 Kevin McCarthy (Communications Media) will introduce “Scenes from a Parish” and lead a discussion after the screening. 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.

The series concludes for the spring on May 8 at 4 p.m., when 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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