BUTLER DIVERSITY SERIES: 'ALL ABOUT MY MOTHER (1999)'

  • Cecilia Roth, Marisa Paredes, Candela Peña, Penélope Cruz
  • Pedro Almodóvar
  • Pedro Almodóvar
  • English
  • 101 minutes
  • R
  • All About My Mother (1999) is a gorgeous movie to look at with its colorful interiors and its sweeping vistas of Barcelona, a city alive with many cultures including those represented by historic waves of immigrants from Africa. It's a story about women's friendships and solidarity, about motherhood and family---both the ones we are assigned and the ones we choose--and about the complexity and beauty of how humans express and experience gender and sexuality in authentic ways. The protagonist, Manuela, is a quietly powerful woman who sees the humanity in everyone and creates community wherever she goes. Almodóvar seems to ask what it means to be Spanish in a world of global flows of people and products, and where human connections--the interconnectivity of humanity-- eclipse the logic of national borders. 

    *This event is part of the Butler Race, Gender and Sexuality Studies program/KanKan partnership, funded by a Butler University Diversity Equity and Inclusion Innovation Grant. Visual narratives can play a vital role in dismantling hierarchies of privilege and oppression, and in cultivating anti-racist and feminist ways of being in the world. Through this collaboration Butler students will attend screenings of films and other events alongside community members in celebration of the social justice theme of the series.

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An arthouse cinema. A European-inspired restaurant. A neighborhood gathering place. A home for film-lovers, food-lovers and community-seekers, in Windsor Park, just northeast of downtown Indianapolis.