Heretics, Revolutionaries, and Reformers
Commemorating the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing of the 95 theses on the door at Wittenberg—an act of dissent that is often taken as inaugurating the Protestant Reformation—this series tells four stories of religious dissidents, reformers, and revolutionaries in the centuries surrounding Luther’s catalytic act. Each of these films engages the dangers of speaking out against or trying to reform powerful political or religious institutions. These films depict the fluid relations between marginalized figures and centers of power and between the sometimes conflicting authorities of law and of conscience. And each story invites us to consider what might be at stake in speaking one’s conscience, critiquing authorities, articulating dissent, calling for reform, or challenging the status quo—not only in the pre-modern world but also, perhaps, in our own. This partnership is supported through IU Cinema’s Creative Collaborations program.
This series is sponsored by The Medieval Studies Institute, The Renaissance Studies Program, the departments of Religious Studies and English, the College Arts and Humanities Institute, and IU Cinema.