On Monday February 11th, Le fils (The Son) (2002) will be screened as part of the Ethics Film Series. In this award-winning Belgian-French mystery film, themes of compassion and justice unfold in unexpected ways. Written and directed by Jean-Pierre Dardenne and Luc Dardenne, Le fils tells the story of a sixteen year old boy who is taken under the wing of a grieving carpenter named Olivier, who lost his son five years ago. As Olivier becomes increasingly interested in the teenager, it is revealed why he is so fixated on his new apprentice.
The film will begin at 7:00pm in the Griffith Film Theater in Duke University’s Bryan Center, followed by a post-film discussion with Elisabeth Benfey (Lecturer in the Program in Arts of the Moving Image and Theater Studies), Maria Febbo (Visiting Assistant Professor in Sociology), and Joyce Wu (Visiting Assistant Professor in Romance Studies – French).
The screenings are free and open to the public. Refreshments and free parking passes provided. Please park in the parking deck by the Bryan Center. You will be given a pass to submit to the attendant upon leaving the event.
The theme of the 2013 Ethics Film Series is “Love and Justice.” This year, the film series will be in collaboration with the Human Rights Watch Traveling Film Festival. Each spring, the Kenan Institute for Ethics sponsors a film series in collaboration with Duke’s Screen/Society, the Center for Documentary Studies, and the Arts of the Moving Image Program. The films provide popular and accessible vehicles for talking about ethics around a particular theme, and each series as a whole offers rich opportunities for debate and discussion on ethical issues for audiences from both the Duke and Durham communities.