Image Credit: The Secret Nation (director Jorge Sanjinés and the Ukamau Group, 1989, Bolivia, 128 mins)

The series Acts of Faith showcases films that depict a wide variety of religious rituals across cultures, ranging from individual acts of devotion to community-wide sacred practices. The selections range from ethnographic documentaries, to fictional narratives, to experiments in cinematic form. Highlights include works by documentarians Jean Rouch, Robert Gardner, Charles De Keukeleire and Freida Lee Mock; artist’s films by Jeanne Liotta and Tania Cypriano; and international feature films by directors Jessica Hausner, Jorge Sanjinés, and Vijay Sharma.

Adults $8 / Students and Seniors $5. Five-event pass, $35. Gallery admission is free with a purchased ticket. For tickets and information visit: bgc.bard.edu


Acts of Faith is guest curated by Ed Halter.

Ed Halter
is Critic in Residence at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York and a founder and director of Light Industry, a venue for film and electronic art in Brooklyn, New York. His publications include From Sun Tzu to Xbox: War and Videogames (2006), Mass Effect: Art and the Internet in the Twenty-First Century (2015), and From the Third Eye: The Evergreen Review Reader (2018). His writing on cinema, art and technology has appeared in 4Columns, Artforum, the Village Voice and elsewhere, and he has curated screenings at exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Walker Art Center, MoMA PS1 and Artists Space.


September 28, 2018
Jai Santoshi Maa (dir. Vijay Sharma, 1975, India, 130 minutes)

October 19, 2018
Lourdes (dir. Jessica Hausner, 2010, Austria, 96 minutes)

October 26, 2018
Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision (dir. Freida Lee Mock, 1994, USA, 105 minutes)

November 16, 2018
Crosswalk (dir. Jeanne Liotta, 2010, USA, 19 minutes)

The Secret Nation
(dir. Jorge Sanjinés and the Ukamau Group, 1989, Bolivia, 128 minutes)


December 14, 2018
Selected Shorts
Ex Voto (dir. Tania Cypriano, 1990, Brazil, 7 minutes)

Visions de Lourdes (dir. Charles De Keukelaire, 1932, Belgium, 13 minutes)

Mammy Water (dir. Jean Rouch, 1956, France, 18 minutes) “Courtesy Icarus Films”

Sons of Shiva (dir. Robert Gardner and Ákos Östör, 1985, USA, 29 minutes)

(Total run time 86 mins)


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