Religious Studies

Forest oF Bliss (1986)

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January 29, 2020 5:30 PM–7:30 PM

The second screening in the Transcendental Cinema film series will take place Wednesday Jan. 29: Robert Gardner's Forest of Bliss (1986), with guest speaker Dr. Julia Yezbick (Oakland University), author of “The Same Thing from Different Angles: Resituating Forest of Bliss”.

THE FILM: Forest of Bliss is an unsparing yet redemptive account of the inevitable griefs, religious passions and frequent happinesses that punctuate daily life in Benares, India's most holy city. The film unfolds from one sunrise to the next without commentary, subtitles or dialogue. It is an attempt to give the viewer a wholly authentic, though greatly magnified and concentrated, sense of participation in the experiences examined by the film.

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THE GUEST: Julia Yezbick is a filmmaker, artist, and anthropologist based in Detroit. She received her PhD in Media Anthropology and Critical Media Practice from Harvard University and an MA in Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester. Her audio and video works have shown at the Berlinale–Forum Expanded, MOMA PS1, the New York Library for Performing Arts, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Mostra Internacional do Filme Etnográfico, Rio de Janeiro, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit, and the Art Gallery of Ontario. She is a 2018 Kresge Artist Fellow for film, the founding Editor of Sensate Journal, and co-directs Mothlight Microcinema in Detroit. Yezbick is currently an Assistant Professor of Cinema Studies at Oakland University in Michigan.

This film series, organized by the Religious Studies Department, explores how humans seek to move beyond the limits of ordinary experience – whether through spirituality and mysticism, technology or drugs, or immersion into community life, nature and meditation.

5:30PM-7:30PM in Karp 105
Each screening will include dinner and Q&A with filmmakers and guests.


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Schenectady, NY 12308


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