April 20th, 2022 - 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Film Screening of The Tempest
Wednesday, April 20 | 1:00 PM Eastern Time | In-person
In Writer, Producer, and Director Julie Taymor's version of The Tempest, the main character is now a woman named Prospera (Dame Helen Mirren). Going back to the sixteenth or seventeenth century, women practicing the magical arts of alchemy were often convicted of witchcraft. In Taymor's version, Prospera is usurped by her brother and sent off with her four-year daughter on a ship. She ends up on an island; it's a tabula rasa: no society, so the mother figure becomes a father figure to Miranda (Felicity Jones). This leads to the power struggle and balance between Caliban (Djimon Hounsou) and Prospera; a struggle not about brawn, but about intellect.