The 2016 movie “Silence” by acclaimed U.S. filmmaker Martin Scorsese is anything but a crowd pleaser and very possibly was never intended to be one. Rather, it had been in the making in Scorsese’s mind over the past three decades. The film is based on Shusaku Endo‘s historic novel by the same name, published in Japan in 1966. On May 11, meet Kanehira Mitani who, as set production assistant and translator, worked very closely with Scorsese.
“Silence” The Making of Martin Scorsese’s Movie
Thursday, May 11, Tokyo Union Church
Follow him behind the scenes of the movie “Silence” and learn about Scorsese’s intentions in making this film, about research and preparations for making it authentic, and about difficulties the cast and crew had to face. Even if you haven’t read the book or seen the film, the presentation will give you a good idea about the religious and cultural issues addressed in the book and the movie, respectively. Time for questions and discussion will follow.
The movie Silence by celebrated director Martin Scorsese brings Shusaku Endo’s 1966 acclaimed novel to life, telling the story of two Christian missionaries (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who face the ultimate test of faith when they travel to Japan in search of their missing mentor (Liam Neeson) – at a time when Christianity was outlawed and their presence forbidden. As one reviewer puts it: “This is a deeply personal film and perhaps the greatest movie about the nature of spiritual faith, both good and bad, I’ve seen. […] It’s an ongoing process for many people to square the concepts of a loving God and the horrors and general torment that do not merit said God’s intervention. At one point one of our priests, shaken by his experiences, asks if he is merely praying to silence. In some regard, I think the movie is about coming to terms with the fact that faith is often a relationship with a silent partner.” (www.rottentomatoes.com/m/silence_2017/)
To read about the director’s personal perspective, find the New York Times’ interview with Martin Scorsese here: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/27/magazine/the-passion-of-martin-scorsese.html?_r=0
To read a Lutheran theologian’s review of the movie, click here: https://blogs.lcms.org/2017/silence.
What is the Monthly Program? It’s a program offered once a month on a Thursday featuring topics on educational, cultural, and Christian themes. Feel free to bring a friend.
Cost: Women’s Fellowship members: Free, Non-members: ¥1000 donation requested
Date and Time: Thursday, May 11th, 2017; 9:30 coffee in the fellowship hall, presentation start at 10:30 and ends around 12:00 in the Sanctuary. If you can attend the coffee please try to bring a small snack for others to share. Coffee is optional if you do not have time. Please arrive by 10:20 for the seminar.
Address: Tokyo Union Church, 5-7-7 Jingumae, Shibuya 150-0001 (on the main Omotesando street)
Tokyo Union Church’s Women’s Fellowship
The Tokyo Union Church’s Women’s Fellowship provides a comfortable place to meet friends from all over the world, learn about the culture of Japan, explore the Christian faith and your own spirituality, and volunteer with a sense of purpose. These activities may include, but are not limited to programs, classes, tours, lunches, cross-cultural sharing (formerly called “Shinboku-kai”) and service opportunities, such as through Ministry to Our Homeless Neighbors. Fall is the best time to start or renew your annual membership. All women are eligible to become members of Women’s Fellowship. Membership in Tokyo Union Church is not required. Guests are most welcome to attend activities; a non-member fee will be charged. Membership fee is ¥4000 per year per person, due in Sept. for the 2015-2016 year, but later payments are accepted. Membership benefits includes: no fee for attendance at monthly programs, cross-cultural sharing, and event lunches held at Tokyo Union Church, discounted attendance fee for tours and cooking classes, eligibility for class registration. annual directory listing members’ contact information in Japan and regular communication through email of upcoming events, especially through the Open Circlenewsletter, published nine times a year. Facebook page of the Women’s Fellowship https://www.facebook.com/wf.tuc/
“Silence” The Making of Martin Scorsese’s Movie, May 11, Omotesando
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