In six films and the texts from which they are adapted, we’ll deal with the many dimensions of family life: its challenges, crises, conflicts, and joyful experiences. There’s comedy, drama, romance, mystery, and betrayal. Our award-winning films are: Father of the Bride: a middle-aged, suburban father tries to cope with preparations for his only daughter’s wedding, with comical results; Shane: a former, lone gunfighter defends a family of pioneer farmers and is idolized by their son; A Raisin in the Sun: a black family struggles against poverty and racism on Chicago’s south side; Housekeeping: in 1950s Idaho, two adolescent sisters meet their eccentric, free-spirited aunt whose antics profoundly impact their lives; The Dead: at a family holiday dinner in 1904 Ireland, a married couple experiences a stunning revelation; Atonement: on the eve of WWI, a thirteen-year-old English girl tells a lie about her sister’s lover, altering the fate of many. The study group structure consists of a three-hour session where we first discuss the text, then see the film. The following week is a two-hour discussion of the film’s adaptation. Texts consist of three novels, a novella, a short story and a play. The coordinators will provide the readings. This study group meets for 12 weeks, starting on 09/12/18.