Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Calcasieu Cinema International Presents In the Name of the Father

“In the Name of the Father,” a 1993 Irish film that won international awards and was nominated for 7 Oscars, will be presented free at 7 p.m. Friday, April 20, in the auditorium of the Central School Arts and Humanities Center.  Calcasieu Cinema International, a branch of the Council for International Concerns, will present the film in partnership with McNeese State University’s Banners Cultural Series and Office of Diversity; Lake Area Psychiatry; the Arts and Humanities Council of Southwest Louisiana; Common Ground/Culture Fest Louisiana; Newman, Hoffoss & Devall Law Firm; and CocaCola.

Directed by Jim Sheridan, the film stars Daniel Day-Lewis, Pete Postlethwaite, and Emma Thompson.  An IRA bombing kills several people, and a forced—and false --confession is wrung from a young thief, who is imprisoned along with his father.  A British lawyer tries to help the two, and the powerful drama of “The Troubles” of Northern Ireland becomes a very personal story.  It is based on writer Gerry Conlon’s autobiography, but, as one reviewer notes, “Instead of blaring political bias, viewers are treated to a compassionate human drama without the preachings and irritating banter of most other ‘social dramas.’”  Rated R for language and politically-generated violence.

A moderated discussion will follow, and free drinks and popcorn will be served!

For more information, call Corliss Badeaux, secretary of the Council for International Concerns, at 475-5310.