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Screening and Public Talk: The immanence of belief

Film Screening and Seminar

A talk by artist filmmaker and scholar Isabel Rocamora and Screening of 'Faith' (22 mins, 2015) on 8th February 2017 at 5 pm, chaired by Professor Jolyon Mitchell.


This seminar and screening is open to the public.


“The immanence of belief: presencing world and being through Faith”

Described by The Times as “complex, beautiful, revelatory”, Faith is a triptych that intimately observes the act of worship of the three religions of Jerusalem. The film is set in the wilderness of the Judean desert, where, far from the built and contested territories, an Orthodox Jew, a Greek Orthodox Christian and a Sunni Muslim perform their morning prayers. Questioning segregation while celebrating difference, Faith contemplates issues of human belief, inviting reflection on one of the most tragic, world resonating conflicts that persist in this new century.

Following the screening, Isabel Rocamora will reflect on the thematic intentions and making of her project through a discussion of philosophies which accompany her conceptual process. The issues of imaging, belief as existential mood, and otherness will be considered in dialogue with Jean-Luc Marion’s thoughts on the religious icon, Martin Heidegger’s early ontology and the ethics of alterity as defined by Emmanuel Levinas.

Isabel Rocamora is an artist filmmaker, scholar and lecturer. Awarded internationally, her work can be seen in museums and filmothèques as well as on art broadcast. Her films have been exhibited at Centre for Contemporary Art Palazzo Strozzi, Florence; the National Museum of Photography, Copenhagen; the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel; and the Bologna Museum of Modern Art, among other venues. Following solo shows at Senda Gallery in Barcelona and the Koffler Gallery in Toronto, Rocamora’s project Faith was recently exhibited at Edinburgh’s Summerhall Galleries, captivating a large number of visitors from diverse backgrounds and communities. Isabel has given talks on the moving image at the universities of Oxford, Glasgow, Dundee, Frankfurt (Goethe University) and Brown.



This is a joint event of the Religious Studies Seminar, the Centre for Theology and Public Issues, the Alwaleed Centre, and the University Chaplaincy.