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CenSAMM Film Night 1 / "Noah" & "Left Behind" FREE Movies & Pizza! PG 13
Tue 4 April 2017, 17:00 – 22:30 BST
This two-day event presents a series of popular films drawing from millennial movements and their apparent connection to violence. Highlighting both traditional and alternative religious movements, the selections highlight a number of recurring themes: environmental concerns; familial and societal breakdown; prophecy; ancient “wisdom”; conspiracy theories.
The films will be introduced by Dr David G. Robertson of the Open University and the Religious Studies Project, and the floor will be open to comment and discussion following each film.
April 4th 5.00pm - Noah (Darren Aronofsky, 2014), Left Behind (Vic Armstrong, 2014)
The first pair of films are firmly rooted in the Judaeo-Christian heritage, from which much (though by no means all) of millenarian ideas have their roots. Noah develops an early apocalyptic narrative which has its origins in Mesopotamia 3000 or more years ago, was incorporated into the earliest sections of the Torah and remains known to every Western schoolchild even today. Aronofsky’s version draws heavily upon apocryphal and mystical literature, as well as emphasising the brutality and violence of the tale. Notably, an environmental subtext is also present. Left Behind on the other hand is a very modern Christian millennial tale, drawing primarily from United States’ dispensational Protestantism. Unusually, the violence is the inevitable result of an absence of Christians, and it also includes a conspiracist narrative about the emergence of the antichrist as leader of the post-Christian European Union, a common feature of contemporary Christian millenarianism - and increasingly, mainstream politics.