Movie in the Bronwynn Theatre, buffet in the gallery
Running Time: 127 minutes
Tickets: $10 online or by phone, $12 at the door; $8 for students
$12 dinner add-on for each person. Dinner and ticket is $22 in advance. Advance purchase appreciated.
Presented by: Worthington Interfaith Neighbors (WIN) as part of the WIN film festival. WIN is a coalition whose mission is to provide opportunities for neighbors of diverse cultural and faith traditions to engage in activities that promote mutual understanding and respect.
Dinner buffet by Everest Cuisine featuring Nepali, Indian and Tibetan foods (vegetarian option and halal) Cost: $12 per person. It is requested that tickets purchased in advance.
Following the film, there will be reactions, insights and discussion with Hindu, Muslim and Christian panelists.
Plot: The major theme is the value of the “better story.” As Pi puts it, “The world isn’t just the way it is. It is how we understand it, no?” How we interpret reality can be, as it is for Pi, our faith. We need to believe in something beyond the seen. It helps us deal with fear. It helps us find a “better story.”
Seemingly opposing religions are brought together in Pi. Hinduism, Catholicism (or Christianity), and Islam are very different religions. However, they are all based on belief in one God. Though Brahman (Hindu) is expressed as countless different divinities, Christ (Christian) is one third of the Trinity that is God, and Allah (Muslim) is singular, each is a God of love. Man can have a personal relationship with God in each of the religions. The dogmas of each religion may contradict each other, but for Pi it is about faith, not about dogma. Just as he accepts science and religion as equal ways of understanding the world, Pi accepts all three religions as equal ways to know God.
Summary: After deciding to sell their zoo in India and move to Canada, Santosh and Gita Patel board a freighter with their sons and a few remaining animals. Tragedy strikes when a terrible storm sinks the ship, leaving the Patels’ teenage son, Pi (Suraj Sharma), as the only human survivor. However, Pi is not alone; a fearsome Bengal tiger has also found refuge aboard the lifeboat. As days turn into weeks and weeks drag into months, Pi and the tiger must learn to trust each other if both are to survive.
“Ang Lee’s Life of Pi is a miraculous achievement of storytelling and a landmark of visual mastery. Inspired by a worldwide best-seller that many readers must have assumed was unfilmable, it is a triumph over its difficulties. It is also a moving spiritual achievement, a movie whose title could have been shortened to “life.” – Roger Ebert
Looking forward to seeing you there!