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Paterson

Date: 
Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 19:00 to 22:00
All day: 
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May 5, 2018
Paterson
Starring Adam Driver, Golshifteh Farahani
Directed by Jim Jarmusch, 2016
115 minutes
Discussant: Chris Willard, Psy. D.

This meticulously composed movie tracks the daily life of Paterson (Adam Driver), a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey. Like a Zen Master, he has a simple routine. He drives the same route every day, observing the city, people, and nature as life drifts by his windshield. After work he walks his dog, stops in a bar and has exactly one beer, and goes home to his wife. Finding glimpses of beauty in the mundane he writes poetry, drawing from snippets of conversation, observation of objects, and the world around him. A meditation on the disappointments and victories of daily life, this film, which helps us look more closely at the world around us, is filled with poetry, and is itself a work of art.

Learning Objectives: At the end of this event, participants will be able to:

  1. explain how daily life can become a practice of mindfulness
  2. identify what we can learn from Paterson’s attitude toward loss
  3. explain what William Carlos Williams’ meant when he said that poetry is “equipment for living, a necessary guide amid the bewilderments of life.”