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Literary FIlm Series Returns for Another Year
Kari Cottingim
Staff Writer

The Literary Film Series is back this year and will be held in the Flory Auditorium at 6:30 on set dates. There will be one showing held each month, and this year, the series is focusing on a theme of interfaith dialogue. 

The Literary Film Series consists of watching movies with fellow MU students and discussing them afterward with a professor. Upcoming movies include “The Kite Runner,” which will be shown today, Friday, Oct. 12, "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas," to be shown on Nov. 9, "Monsieur Ibrahim" on Dec. 7, and “Amistad” on Jan. 14, 2013.

This year's movies have been chosen to fit a theme of interfaith dialogue. Walt Wiltschek approached Professor Beate Gilliar, faculty advisor, and student organizers about having a religious approach to this year's selection. They accepted this proposal, and Gilliar said she hoped it would encourage students to explore difficult questions that are connected with religious ideology. 

 Last year, all of the films could be viewed for VIA credits, but this year, only some of these viewings will count for credit. The VIA committee has decided to allow two titles per semester to be eligible for VIA sessions. The films chosen for VIA credit this semester are "The Kite Runner," and "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas," which will be shown next, on Friday, Nov. 9. Only one film, "The Stoning of Soroya M." has been chosen so far for the spring VIA selection. The Literary Film group is working on choosing a second movie to add to the spring semester VIA list.   

To determine which movies would be selected for the VIA credits, the Literary Film organizers had to justify why they thought one should be approved for a VIA credit. To get this credit, students must stay for the entire movie, as well as the discussion following it.

Discussions are held by different English professors throughout the series. Professor Gilliar will be in charge of the discussion over "The Kite Runner," and "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas." Professor Katharine Ings will lead the discussion of “Amistad”.

Many of the same students attend the Literary Film Series often, such as  Cody Goble, a student who is now on the committee for choosing the movies. "I like getting to sit through a movie that I enjoy and also getting a VIA credit and getting to discuss it and get everyone else's opinion on it," he said.

The Literary Film Series began with student Catherine Lange, who would have movie nights in her res-hall, showing the movies of books she read in the class Introduction to Literary Studies.  She eventually approached Gilliar about having a more formal showing of movies based on novels, and making it available campus-wide. They started by hosting movies in the Holl-Kinter auditorium, which was an old theater-style space. When they moved the series into Flory Auditorium, they found that it attracted even more interest and people to the events. 

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