Friday Film Series at Parrish

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The Parrish Museum continues its spring film series, “Identity and Survival: Films on Religion and Immigration,” with “Black Robe,” which will be screened on Friday, May 2, at 7 p.m.

Founded in the 16th century, the Jesuits were an order of Catholic priests loyally devoted to the Pope and firm in their mission to reach those who had no knowledge of Christianity. In “Black Robe,” Jesuit missionary Father Laforgue sets out to subdue and convert the Huron and Algonquin Indians in the hostile and perilous wilderness of 17th-century New France.

Black Robe” looks at the natural, existential animism of people indigenous to Quebec as they interact with the missionaries sent from France to stamp out their beliefs and practices.

The film won six Canadian Genies, including Best Picture, Best Direction and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Admission to the film is $7, or $5 for Parrish members. “Black Robe,” directed by Bruce Beresford, is in English, not rated, and has a running time of 101 minutes. For further information, contact the public programs office at the Parrish, 283-2118, ext. 40.

Film series curator, film critic and educator John K. Turnbull will introduce the film and pose some essential questions for the audience to consider prior to the beginning of “Black Robe.”

The Friday night films continue with “The Apostle” on May 9, at 7 p.m.

The films in this series are made possible, in part, through the New York Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the New York Council for the Humanities or National Endowment for the Humanities.

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