Second Fridays, September–May
Room G202, Geneva Hall
In this series we will examine the potent and relevant medium of film in exploring themes of love, faith, conscience, evil, death, reception, grace, morality, identity, and our yearning for the sacred. Each month we will view a different film—each unique, compelling, and demanding—reflecting our current times.
Each film is curated by those who love this artistic medium and will host a conversation following our viewing. Co-sponsored by New College Berkeley and First Presbyterian Church Berkeley. Free parking.
THE DAY AFTER TRINITY: J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER AND THE ATOMIC BOMB (Directed by Jon Else, 1981, 88 minutes) Unnoticed by anyone beyond a remote corner of New Mexico, there was a brief, irrevocable moment in the early morning of July 16, 1945, when mankind lost its nuclear innocence. THE DAY AFTER TRINITY tells the story of the man who brought us to that awesome microsecond in history. J. Robert Oppenheimer was a student of poetry, a linguist of six tongues, searcher for spiritual ideals, and father of the atomic bomb. He lived the life of a gentle and eloquent humanist and, perhaps to his own surprise, became the practical architect of the most savage weapon in history. This contradiction lies at the heart of his public and personal drama and is the central theme of THE DAY AFTER TRINITY.