Paternal Rites (2018, Jules Rosskam, USA, 82 min, in English)
A highly personal, first-person essay film about trauma and memory and the secret underbelly of a contemporary family grappling with the aftereffects of abuse. Retracing the route of a road trip taken by Rosskam’s parents in 1974, the film transports its audience into this family history through audio recordings, family photos, Super 8 footage, and colorful animation to explore queer, transgender, and Jewish subjectivities and engage the power of film and filmmaking in the process of healing.
Co-sponsored by Mount Holyoke College Film Studies Program and Amherst College Film and Media Studies Program.
Introduction by Bernadine Mellis (Mount Holyoke)
The director, Jules Rosskam, will be present for discussion.