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The Hero’s Journey Within Us

By David Johanssen

Joseph Campbell was a scholar, writer, and lecturer who became known as an “American Mythologist.” According to Campbell, the folktales, myths, and fairy tales that have been passed down from generation to generation tell a single grand, subliminal story, a “hero’s story.” On Wednesday, August 2, at 5pm, Shelter presents The Hero’s Journey, a video on Campbell’s defining work.

Indie Film
Sin Nombre
Fri, Jul 28, 5pm
100 pesos

Concert on Screen
BB King Live in Memphis
Sat, Jul 29, 7pm
120 pesos

Documentary and Discussion
The Hero’s Journey by Joseph Campbell
Wed, Aug 2, 5pm
100 pesos

Indie Film
Southside with You (award winner)
Fri, Aug 4, 5pm
100 pesos

Concert on Screen
Leonard Cohen Live in London
Sat, Aug 5, 7pm
100 pesos

All events are in Shelter Theater, Vicente Guerrero 4

Campbell’s concept of “monomyth” refers to the theory that sees all mythic narratives as variations of a single great story beneath the narrative elements of most great myths, regardless of their origin. These stories point to the heart of human nature, stories we ignore at our personal peril. “Follow your bliss and doors will open for you that would not have opened for anyone else,” he advised. After the documentary we will discuss storytelling mythology as well as the life of this American visionary.

 

Friday, July 28, Shelter presents the Sundance Film Festival award winner for both cinematography and directing: Sin Nombre (The Nameless), the adventure of a young Honduran woman, hungering for a brighter future, as she crosses Mexico to the United States. According to The Washington Post, “Sin Nombre is pure filmmaking: a great story told in beautiful images.” After the film we will discuss the current immigration debate and the courageous immigrants who make the trip north.

Next Friday, August4 at 5pm: Southside with You. Inspired by Barack and Michelle Obama’s first date in 1989, when a young law firm associate tries to woo lawyer Michelle Robinson during a day–long date that took them from the Art Institute of Chicago to a screening of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing to the site of their first kiss outside of an ice cream parlor. The Chicago Reader praises the film: “Southside with You showcases a city as photogenic, dynamic and charming as the lovers themselves!”

So, where the heck is Shelter Theater? Nearby! Our logo’s on the Qué Pasa map in the upper left-hand corner, an easy 10-minute walk from the Jardín. See our calendar at sheltervg4.com for dates and online tickets. Like us on Facebook and Trip Advisor and look for us on Lokkal/SM events!

 

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