DVD cover of "Departures"

The future has been imagined for the film audience by screenwriters, directors, and actors/actresses since the beginning of movies. This seminar focused on films from the silent era to the present that have envisioned with hope what’s ahead for the world and individuals, widening the possibilities of humankind. The films that have been chosen will evoke, through their characters, scenarios, and their bold cinematography and music, the qualities needed to carry hope forward and make it a reality through courage, passion, and imagination. The collection includes 16 feature films from several countries.

Film viewing order:

  1. Metropolis
  2. Modern Times
  3. Pinocchio
  4. A Matter of Life and Death
  5. The Day the Earth Stood Still
  6. 2001: A Space Odyssey
  7. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  8. E.T.: The Extra-terrestrial
  9. A.I.: Artificial Intelligence
  10. Wall-E
  11. I Know Where I’m Going!
  12. Groundhog Day
  13. Cherry Blossoms
  14. Departures
  15. Wings of Desire
  16. El Sistema: Music to Change Life

See also: Twenty Favorite Films

Photo by Lina Trochez

Br. David Steindl-Rast