Dead Man Walking

Monday, June 5, 2017 7:00PM

<i>Dead Man Walking</i>
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The Granada Theatre Presents
Dead Man Walking
In collaboration with the La Casa de Maria Center

Dead Man Walking is the autobiography of Sister Prejean a Roman Catholic nun in Louisiana who brings the love of God to a man on death row, as well as to the families whose children he murdered. The prisoner, Matt Pontele (Sean Penn] is the central figure of Sister Prejean’s care. Using a montage of images to balance our developing empathy for the convict with the brutality of the murders, the film does not become a simplistic political statement about the death penalty. In scenes in which we begin to feel sympathy for the scared and damaged man who is about to die, we then see flashbacks of the brutal inhumanity of his actions toward the young man and woman. But it is hard for Matt to receive anyone’s love. Hiding behind his walls and lies, it is Sister Prejean's simple love which enables him to confess the truth and come out of hiding to receive God’s love through her. Painfully real, the parents want nothing to do with a nun who would reach out and love the murderer of their children. They too are like “dead men walking” as they continue to reel directionless from the grief and pain.

(1995) 122 minutes R

LA CASA DE MARIA – La Casa is an inter-spiritual retreat and conference center in Montecito. Founded by the women of the Immaculate Heart Community in 1955, it began as a Catholic retreat center. However, in 1970, the Immaculate Heart women left the control of the Catholic Church to become an independent spiritual community open to men and women with a steady focus on peace, justice, and environmental issues. La Casa has been the site for countless speakers, writers, artists and groups who draw on spiritual traditions to address contemporary social issues like that in Dead Man Walking. A partial list includes Sister Corita Kent, Thich Nhat Han, Thomas Merton, Arun Gandhi, Vandana Shiva, Catholic Worker, Parker Palmer, Marianne Williamson, Father Gregory Boyle, Daniel Berrigan and Marshall Rosenberg. 12,000 people come to La Casa every year, including 200 nonprofits. For further information:

Join former Santa Barbara mayor and film critic Hal Conklin for a selection of great stories that touch the soul and draw out the best in humanity. These stories teach about forgiveness, loving others, and loving ourselves, and provide a renewed enthusiasm for living life with compassion and grace. Drawn from the syndicated film series “Cinema In Focus,” these presentations will blend together great film with audience conversations and Q&A.