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
"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.