“... director Jules Rosskam has crafted one of the most moving documentaries seen in quite some time ... An essay film par excellence ... PATERNAL RITES fully transcends the world of documentary ... Gorgeously crafted and emotionally devastating ... A breathtaking experience that finds a level of intimacy few films are ever willing to ... simply a film unlike any you’ve ever seen before.”— Criterion
Jules Rosskam's "Paternal Rites" Tonight!
Film screening - 7 pm - Fine Arts, 221
Paternal Rites is a first-person essay film that examines the secret underbelly of a contemporary Jewish American family as they grapple with the aftereffects of physical and sexual abuse on their present-day lives. It is also a groundbreaking film about the nature of trauma and memory itself: the ways in which trauma encrypts in uncanny ways; the function of speech and narrative in the process of decryption; and the role of film and filmmaking in the practice of healing. Paternal Rites draws inspiration from podcasts like This American Life and Radiolab and the long lineage of LGBT essay filmmakers in the U.S. such as Jenni Olson, Marlon Riggs, and Richard Fung.