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Cafe Inquiry Film Discussion Series -- The Magdalene Sisters

  • Mar 27, 2013 · 7:00 PM
  • CFI-LA

Cafe Inquiry Film Discussion Series

Women's History Month film

The Magdalene Sisters; Miramax Films

Wednesday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Doors open at 7 p.m.

Join us for popcorn and a free movie in the Steve Allen Theater! For the next several months, Cafe Inquiry will be your host for major motion pictures with a secular, skeptical, or topical bent, followed by discussion.

The Magdalene Sisters tells the story of four young women condemned to slave labor in one of Ireland's infamous Magdalene Asylums. Fiction based on fact, the film grapples with religious and cultural misogyny and institutional cruelty.The Asylums, aka the Magdalene Laundries, were originally meant to house "fallen women," though they later took in other sorts of female troublemakers (abused girls, mentally retarded women, women convicted of petty crimes). They weren't shut down until well into the 20th century--the last of the Magdalene asylums closed in 1996.

Written and Directed by Peter Mullan
Starring: Nora-Jane Noone, Anne-Marie Duff, Geraldine McEwan, Eileen Walsh
Rated R

"The movie is not so much an attack on the Catholic Church as on the universal mind-set that allows transgressions beyond all decency, if they are justified by religious hysteria. Even today there are women walled up in solitary confinement in closed rooms in their own homes in the Middle East, punished for crimes no more serious, or trivial, than those of the Magdalene laundresses." --Roger Ebert

Intro, film screening: 7:30 - 9:30pm
Discussion: 9:30 - ~10:00pm

Cafe Inquiry is our monthly casual get-together where you can have a coffee and chat with other people on various topics of science and religion. A guest speaker opens the discussion with a brief intro to the subject and then the floor is open in the theater lobby. On film nights, the theater will be used. All are welcome!

Free admission • Plenty of parking • Bookstore open
Donations to help keep this program running are much appreciated.
Held in the Steve Allen Theater lobby at CFI-L.A.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed the film, the discussion, and the company of the people, thanks! :-)

    March 28, 2013

  • Gary H

    It's a film of sadism and control freaks.

    1 · March 25, 2013

    • Kamran

      Link to the documentary:­

      1 · March 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Kamran. :-)

      March 28, 2013

  • Stacy

    Terrific film. Packed quite a punch.

    March 28, 2013

  • Shanna I.

    Do I have to separate you two?
    The perils of working for a CPA in tax season means I may miss tonight's screening. I know I risk a reputation as a flake so I will do my best to attend.

    March 27, 2013

    • Gary H

      You won't need to separate us. I understand the intend of the message now. - Gary

      March 27, 2013

  • Qui D.

    may be out of town next time

    March 25, 2013

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