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Stage & Screen: THE WITCH

10/19/2021
7 pm

Join us on Tuesday, October 19 at 7pm for THE WITCH, part of our Stage & Screen series, co-presented by Coolidge Corner Theatre

Featuring the movie stay for a conversation on the intersection of gender and religion in the film with Dr. Megan Goodwin.

New England, 1630. Upon threat of banishment by the church, an English farmer leaves his colonial plantation, relocating his wife and five children to a remote plot of land on the edge of an ominous forest—within which lurks an unknown evil. Strange and unsettling things begin to happen almost immediately—animals turn malevolent, crops fail, and one child disappears as another becomes seemingly possessed by an evil spirit. With suspicion and paranoia mounting, family members accuse teenage daughter Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy, in her breakthrough role) of witchcraft, charges she adamantly denies. As circumstances grow more treacherous, each family member’s faith, loyalty and love become tested in shocking and unforgettable ways.

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Dr. Megan Goodwin teaches courses on witches, monsters, and cults (among other things) at Northeastern University. She is Program Director for Sacred Writes, a Henry Luce Foundation-funded project hosted by Northeastern University that promotes public scholarship on religion. Goodwin’s first book, Abusing Religion: Literary Persecution, Sex Scandals, and American Minority Religions, is available through Rutgers University Press; and her podcast, Keeping It 101: A Killjoy’s Introduction to Religion, is available on your podcatcher of choice. Find her on twitter @mpgphd. 

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