February 2 (Friday, 6:30-8:30pm) Free! Student Film Night and Dinner Series
Location: UVA OpenGrounds

Make plans now to join us and others for an international dinner to honor the travels and the life of the famed 16th-century Jesuit missionary St. Francis Xavier. We'll also screen a short film Xavier narrated by Liam Neeson, but even better one of the film's writers/producers will be present: Religious Studies graduate student Matt Farley!



St. Anselm Feast Day Event

Film at 8pm, with discussion following

Location: UVA OpenGrounds (on the Corner, opposite the White Spot)

UVA Student (Free!) Field Trip Series
Friday, January 27, 2017-Downtown Mall
Interested in attending a private group screening of this acclaimed Martin Scorcese film? Limited tickets available. Email Institute Postdoc Fellow Beth Sutherland for details and to reserve tickets: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sunday, Sept. 4, 2016 (6:30pm)
St. Thomas Aquinas Hall)
UVA Students & Friends of the Institute: Join us for a special Indian Dinner/Film Night as we open our 16th year with a celebration of the canonization of St. Mother Teresa of Kolkata. Our favorite local Indian restaurant (Milan!!) will provide this free(!) dinner, and our 2016-17 Postdoctoral Fellow Beth Sutherland and Niru De Silva, FOCUS Director of Collegiate Outreach and UVA alum, will lead a post-film discussion on the award-winning film Mother Teresa, directed by the sister team of Ann and Jean Petrie, who send their best wishes to the Institute and to UVA students. Bring a friend and come to meet someone new. No reservation required.

Free Friday Night Film Series

October 23, 2015 (7:00pm)
Minor Hall Auditorium
The St. Anselm Institute for Catholic Thought and UVA Catholic Student Ministry invite all visiting UVA Weekend families to join us and others in the UVA community for a free movie night and brief post-screening discussion of Babette's Feast (1987), a delightful Academy and Cannes Film Festival Award-winning Danish movie (with English subtitles). 



2015 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film

Polish (English subtitles)
Minor Hall Auditorium, 7:00pm

Orphaned by war but now a young Catholic novitiate on the verge of taking her final vows, Anna discovers not only her original name and her Jewish ancestry, but a hidden and dark family secret. Her story unfolds in Poland of the 1960s--doubly scarred by Nazi occupation during WWII and Communist brutalities afterwards--but it speaks to a more deeply human story of commitment, doubt, identity, frailty and resolve that transcends its time and place. 

This 82-minute movie is free and open to all, so invite a friend or two. An open panel/audience discussion will follow the conclusion of this film.

Final Friday Film Night of the Year:

Réquiem NN

Spanish (with English subtitles)
April 11, 2014  (5pm)
UVA-Minor Hall Auditorium
For over 30 years in Puerto Berrio, Colombia, townspeople have offered a way of caring for the least of their brothers and sisters by salvaging the remains of victims of drug-related and guerilla violence from the Magdalena River.  These anonymous persons--or "No Names"--receive proper graves, which are decorated and regularly visited as one would a deceased family member.  This documentary film, with English subtitles, examines how local devotional practices offer a responsorial order to the confusion and devastation of mass violence and a ritualistic means of fostering a deeper communal sense of life's dignity for every person.
The film's producer, Margarita de la Vega-Hurtado, also will be present and she will join us in an open discussion of the film and its various themes afterwards.
All are invited to this film.  Free Admission.  So feel free to bring a friend or two.

This mesmerizing film of the 30,000 years old paintings discovered in the Chauvet caves in the south of France offers a truly unique moment to see and reflect upon the ancient yet mystical beauty of the human spirit.  Prof. John Dobbins (Art and Archaelogy) will join Fr. Bruno Shah, O.P. and others for a lively discussion afterwards. All are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Bring a friend or two: parking and admission are free!

Where & When
St. Thomas Aquinas hall, 401 Alderman Rd.
Charlottesville, VA 22903
February 28, 2014 (6:30pm)


1984 Academy Award Best Documentary Short Subject

6:00pm Lenten Soup Supper*

6:30pm Film and Discussion Begins

All are welcome so bring a friend.

401 Alderman Rd-St. Thomas Aquinas Hall

This film records the moving personal accounts of the Italian-American stone carvers who crafted the wonderful stone sculptures that adorn the Washington Cathedral, one of the last neo-Gothic cathedrals built in the United States.  To aid our discussion of the film, Academy Awarad winning filmmaker Paul Wagner (writer, director, and producer of this and many films), Lisa Reilly (UVA Architecture professor), and Fr. Giles Dimock, O.P. will be present. 

* Dinner: Courtesy of the generosity of the Knights of Columbus.

Free Admission and Free Parking!



Please join us tonight (@ 6:30pm) for a free screening of the Academy Award winning documentary Born into Brothels: Calcutta's Red Light Kids. The film captures memorable glimpses of the lives and extreme difficulties facing the children of Calcutta's prostitutes. After the film, Fr. Bruno Shah, O.P. will moderate an open discussion, which will include Corban Addison, a lawyer, author, and human rights activist who has worked with victims of modern slavery in the brothels of Mumbai, India. 
This event is cosponsored with St. Thomas Aquinas Peace and Justice Committee. All are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Bring a friend.

Where & When
St. Thomas Aquinas Hall, 401 Alderman Rd.
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
December 13, 6:30pm
Free Admission, Free Parking
Crimes and Misdemeanors 
Minor Hall Auditorium, 7:30pm

Looking for an alternative? The St. Anselm Institute Friday Night Film Series is back. We'll screen and open a discussion of Woody Allen's classic Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989), a thought-filled, dark-edged morality comedy about the shallows and depths of the human soul. FREE ADMISSION, so invite a friend or two.

Public parking available in the University Bookstore Garage.
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