The Common Good is once again the theme for 2018’s Film for Thought. The films featured are dramatic stories of tension and strife in the world, butt this should hardly be seen as only a contemporary condition. It is evident in all too many historical periods, perhaps with lessons to learn.
The “humanities” informs our conversations with these films and in the end, “humanities,” a word not much used in daily talk, can be seen as our “human ties,” what binds us together, or tries to.
In the opening chapter of The Truth About Stories, Thomas King tells us about a story he heard many times of the earth floating space on the back of a turtle. In one version, he recounts how the storyteller made a game of it with a child in the audience asking—and what’s below the turtle? The answer: another turtle. This continues until the child asks, “So how many turtle are there?” and the storyteller answers, “It’s turtles all the way down.” King goes on to say, “The truth about stories is that that’s all we are,” and in the humanities, it’s stories all the way down.
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FILMS FEATURE IN 2018
EATING UP EASTER
PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF DESIRE
TEN YEARS: JAPAN