Ethics Film Series 2013 Kicks Off on Sept. 17


The Eighth Annual Ethics Film Series, sponsored by Adrienne Arsht and UM Ethics Programs, the School of Communication, and the University of Miami Alumni Association, will kick off its run on Tuesday, September 17 at 6:30 at the Bill Cosford Cinema at the University of Miami.

The trio of provocative films will be followed by a lively discussion – part Q&A/part debate – moderated by notable UM faculty and filmmakers.

Tuesday, September 17: Glengarry Glen Ross – A 1992 American drama, adapted by David Mamet from his 1984 Pulitzer Prize- and Tony- winning play with the same name. The film depicts two days in the lives of four real estate salesmen and how they become desperate when the corporate office sends a trainer to "motivate" them by announcing that, in one week, all except the top salesmen will be fired. With Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alan Arkin, Ed Harris, Kevin Spacey, and Jonathan Pryce. Screening time: 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 1: Hannah Arendt – The sublime Barbara Sukowa reteams with director Margarethe von Trotta for her brilliant new biopic of influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt. Arendt's reporting on the 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann in The New Yorker – controversial both for her portrayal of Eichmann and the Jewish councils – introduced her now-famous concept of the "Banality of Evil." With Barbara Sukowa, Axel Milberg, Janet McTeer, Julia Jentsch, and Ulrich Noethen. Post-Screening Discussion by: Bradford Cokelet, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy. Screening time: 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, October 8: The Miami Premiere of The Silver Mirror – The Global Documentary Film about our changing view on Aging. Shot over three years in 12 countries, The Silver Mirror searches for a universal voice that fearlessly and intimately conveys humanity's ancient, collective and fundamental struggle with the fragility of the human condition imposed by the inevitability of aging while also pondering that, for the first time in human history, impending scientific surges in the cellular biology of aging will drastically change how we live. The Silver Mirror features experts such as University of Miami President Donna Shalala, the former Secretary of U.S. Health and Human Services; John Beard, World Health Organization; Nobel Laureate Elizabeth Blackburn, University of California at San Francisco (UCSF); Hal Kendig, University of Sydney; Thomas Kirkwood, Newcastle University; and Leonard Guarente of MIT. The Silver Mirror is narrated and hosted by Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Blythe Danner, with special guest Dr. Maya Angelou and an original film score performed by the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra. Post-Screening Discussion by UM Faculty: Ali Habashi, Writer, Director, and Producer; Ed Talavera, Director of Photography, and Thom Sleeper, Composer/Conductor. Screening time: 7:00 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public, alumni, students, and the UM community. Movie snacks will be available without charge.

No RSVP is necessary, except for The Silver Mirror.

The Cosford Cinema is located on the second floor of the Dooly Memorial Classroom Building (1111 Memorial Drive. For more information, visit or call 305-284-5926; visit; or call 305-284-2872 or