"The only place where things were actually real was at this frontier between what you think is you and what you think is not you." 

David Whyte

January Discussion Calls

Call 1

Movie

Fantastic Beasts

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Newt Scamander makes a brief stop in New York in December, 1926, shortly after completing his travels around the world to research for his Magizoology book, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. He discovers a clash between the magic and non-magic worlds. The movie is about his attempt to protect the magical creatures and the magical world. 

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Call Questions

  1. Which character did you like the most and which character did you most identify with?
  2. Did any of the characters remind you of anyone in your life other than you?
  3. What is the relationship between nature and culture in this movie for the people?
  4. What do you think about the relationship between the seen and unseen in this movie?
  5. What do different characters identify as the cause of any perceived vulnerability?
  6. Why did some people feel they needed to suppress magic? 
  7. What connections did you find between sensitivity and this movie?
  8. What is the relationship between vulnerability and imagination?
  9. What qualities do you observe in these characters and what do they identify as the cause of any perceived vulnerability?
    • Mary Lou Barebone, leader of the New Salem Philanthropic Society, who believes in and hates magic
    • Percival Graves taken over by Grindelwald a powerful dark wizard.
    • Tina Goldstein played by Katherine Waterston, the down to earth witch
    • Newt Scamander played by Eddie Remain the introverted witch.
    • the relationship between Jacob and Queenie
    • the relationship between Tina and Newt

Call Recording - Fantastic Beasts

Call 2

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“The Secret Garden” explores and admires children’s imagination as its young characters discover their own way to grapple with loss, isolation, and loneliness.

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Call Questions

  1. What did you notice about your feelings during this film?
  2. This movie had a lot of "thresholds" places where we leave someone or something, where we step over a boundary into something new. Thresholds are places of decisions. What thresholds can you identify in this movie?
  3. This movie has a strong psychic quality to it. What is the symbolism of:
    • the orphan
    • the need to be dressed
    • ghosts of the past
    • the robin
    • the dog
    • spitting on the hand and shaking hands
    • the secret garden
    • the garden dying at one point
    • the garden as healer
    • the garden as a place to die
  4. What are different attitudes toward loss and how and why are they different?
  5. Do we need to be loved by out parents to love ourselves?

Call Recording - The Secret Garden

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