January 16, 2019 - 7:00 pm
Champagne Reception at 7:00
Screening begins promptly at 7:30
Q&A with filmmaker Helen Whitney follows
We don’t know how. We don’t know when. But death comes for us all.
To be human is to wrestle with this truth and with the great unanswered question: How do we live with death in our eye? Do we go gently or raging against the dying light? Do we depart with equanimity or with anger? Do we see death as something to be fought and even possibly conquered, a challenge increasingly pursued by some of the brightest scientific minds? And what are the stories we tell ourselves? Whether shaped by religion, science, art, the natural world, the power of love, do these narratives sustain us or do they fall away when we suddenly find ourselves ‘with skin in the game.’
“Into the Night: Portraits of Life and Death”, a two-hour feature documentary, features fascinating, unexpected voices from various walks of life, discussing the deepest life-and-death quandaries. It is meant to raise questions, not to provide answers—how could it? After all, death is “that undiscovered country,” as Hamlet so famously described it, “from whose bourn/No traveler returns.”
We are pleased to welcome writer, director and producer Helen Whitney, who will join us for a champagne reception prior to the screening, and a post-film Q&A.