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7:30pm International Film Series: Vision: From the Life of Hildegard Von Bingen
February 2 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
I-House and United Nations Association – Davis Chapter co-sponsors the screening of free international films (with subtitles) on the first and third Fridays of each month from September – May. Refreshments are served at 7:30pm, and films begin at 8:00pm. Donations are appreciated. In addition to the United Nations series, I-House offers a variety of mini film festivals throughout the year.
Vision: From the Life of Hildegard Von Bingen (2009, Germany/France, written and directed by Margarethe von Trotta, 110 min.)
Hildegard von Bingen (Barbara Sukowa) was a remarkable 12tth –century Benedictine nun (1098-1179) who was a composer, philosopher, playwright, poet, naturalist, scientist, physician, herbalist and ecological activist as well as a Christian mystic who claimed visions of God from age 4. Sukowa portrays Hildegard’s fierce determination, once she had become the abbess, to expand the responsibilities of women within the order and move them from the male monastery to their own retreat despite strong objections of her superior, Abbot Kuno (Alexander Held). Curiously, Hildegard was occasionally allowed to travel and give lectures. One of the monks, Brother Volmar (Heino Ferch) recognized her gifts and intelligence and helped her to realize many of her aspirations. Jutta (Lena Stolze), who accompanied the young Hildegard when they were “given to the church” as children, revered her even after a new novice, Richardis von Stade (Hannah Herzsprung) competed for Hildegard’s favor. One wonders what life was like for this brilliant and innovative woman in a world entirely without stature or recognition for women. How aware was she of her uniqueness? No matter what rules society lays down, ways can sometimes be found to prevail on one’s own terms – that certainly was the case for this extraordinary woman surrounded by a male church hierarchy. The film was shot in original medieval cloisters in Germany. (#426)