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The film series Acts of Faith showcases films that depict a wide variety of religious rituals across cultures, from individual acts of devotion to community-wide sacred practices. Selections include ethnographic documentaries, fictional narratives, and experiments in cinematic form. 

Guest curated by Ed Halter, Critic in Residence at Bard College, and founder and co-director of Light Industry, a venue for film and electronic arts in Brooklyn.

Adults $8 / Students and Seniors, $5. Five-event pass, $35.
Gallery admission is free with a purchased ticket.
All screenings begin at 6:30 pm and take place at
38 West 86th Street, Lecture Hall


Upcoming Screening

December 14

6:30 pm
The Secret Nation (dir. Jorge Sanjinés and the Ukamau Group, 1989, Bolivia, 128 minutes)

Set against the turbulent backdrop of a military coup, this groundbreaking feature film—among the first ever shot in the indigenous languages of Bolivia—-follows Sebastian Maisman (Reynaldo Yujra), who returns to his former Aymara village after life in the city but ultimately disgraces his community. As a rite of expiation, he journeys to his homeland once more and enacts the ancient Jacha Tata Danzanti, a ceremony in which the performer dances himself to death as a sacrificial offering. 


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On View in the Gallery
Agents of Faith: Votive Objects in Time and Place
September 14, 2018–January 6, 2019 Learn More Button
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Ex Voto New York: Votive Sites in the Five Boroughs, A Digital Map
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