Paternal Rites

Paternal Rites is a first-person essay film by Jules Rosskam that examines the secret underbelly of a contemporary Jewish American family as they grapple with the after effects of physical and sexual abuse on their present-day lives. It is also a groundbreaking film about the nature of trauma and memory itself: the ways in which trauma encrypts in uncanny ways; the function of speech and narrative in the process of decryption; and the role of film and filmmaking in the practice of healing. Paternal Rites draws inspiration from podcasts like This American Life and Radiolab and the long lineage of LGBT essay filmmakers in the U.S. such as Jenni Olson, Marlon Riggs, and Richard Fung.

… director Jules Rosskam has crafted one of the most moving documentaries seen in quite some time … An essay film par excellence … PATERNAL RITES fully transcends the world of documentary … Gorgeously crafted and emotionally devastating … A breathtaking experience that finds a level of intimacy few films are ever willing to … simply a film unlike any you’ve ever seen before.” — Criterion

This screening is presented in association with the Spectrum: 2019 Visual Arts Faculty Exhibitionfeaturing artworks by Dan Bailey, Steve Bradley, Cathy Cook, Jules Rosskam, Evan Tedlock, and Vin Grabill. Spectrum provides an in-depth exploration of recent research projects in film, video, photography, sound, installation, and sculpture by selected members of UMBC’s Department of Visual Arts.
Admission is free and open to the public. For more information call 410-455-3188.

Plan Your Visit

UMBC is located about 10 minutes south of the Inner Harbor along I-95.

This event takes place in the Fine Arts Building. Free parking for the event can be found in Lot 8, across from the Performing Arts and Humanities Building.


Image: Jules Rosskam, still from Paternal Rites

Start Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Start Time: 7:00 pm

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Department Represented: Film Screening

Venue Name: Room 221, Fine Arts Building

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