What Makes Us Tick? is an annual, three-part analytical film series that explores aspects of the human experience. The event takes place every January and includes the presentation of three films and post-screening discussions led by mental health and educational professionals. Each year the WMUT? Committee (a volunteer group of mental health practitioners) meets to determine the theme of the upcoming series, review films that correspond to the theme, select the final three films, and prepare for the three-day event.

 

This year’s theme is “Connections Across the Divide.”

The films in this series explore in various ways the question, “How can you hate me, when you don’t even know me?” From an unexpected truce in the early days of World War I; to a shared car ride by two decades-long enemies on opposite sides of the conflict in Ireland; to a black man who seeks out the unlikeliest of friends—white supremacists; these films challenge their subjects to look outside their preconceptions to see those they call their enemies for what they really are: fellow human beings.


Joyeux Noel

Friday, January 12, 2018 at 7:00 pm

Admission: Members $9, General Admission $10. Advance online reservations for Friday's screening are now closed. Tickets will be sold at the door.Please note tickets are not refundable.

Location: Cinema Art Theater, 17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2, Dartmouth Plaza, Lewes map 

The year is 1914, and as World War I continues to rage across the European countryside, four individuals stuck on the front lines find themselves faced with the unthinkable in director Christian Carion's Academy Award-nominated account of the true-life wartime event that would offer hope for peace in mankind's darkest hour. When the war machines began rolling in the summer of 1914, the devastation that it waged upon German, British, and French troops was palpable. On Christmas Eve of that year, the lonely souls of the front lines abandoned their arms to reach out to their enemies on the battlefield and greet them with not anger or hostility, but with the simple, kindly gesture of a much needed cigarette or a treasured piece of chocolate, and to put their differences aside long enough to wish their brothers a sincere "Merry Christmas!” Trevor Johnston of Time Out London calls the film a “sobering tribute to the flickering of humanitarian spirit amid the darkest days of conflict.”  [2005, France and Germany, Runtime: 116 minutes, in French and German with English subtitles, PG-13].

Moderators: Moderators for this session are Carolyn Walter and Ronnie Green. Carolyn Walter is a PhD, LCSW, Professor Emerita, Center for Social Work Education, Widener University and an Adjunct Professor at Univ. of PA, School of Social Work.

 

 

The Journey

Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Admission: Members $9, General Admission $10, Advance online reservations for Saturday's screening are now closed. Tickets will be sold at the door.Please note: tickets are not refundable.

Location: Cinema Art Theater, 17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2, Dartmouth Plaza, Lewes map 

A gripping fictional account of how two men from opposite sides of the political spectrum came together to change the course of history. In 2006, amidst the ongoing, decades-long conflict in Northern Ireland, representatives from the two warring factions meet for negotiations. In one corner is Ian Paisley (Timothy Spall), the deeply conservative British loyalist; in the other is Martin McGuinness (Colm Meaney), a former Irish Republican Army leader who has devoted his life to the cause of Irish reunification. Opposites in every way, the two men at first seem to have little chance of ever finding common ground. But over the course of an impromptu, detour-filled car ride through the Scottish countryside, each begins to see the other less as an enemy, and more as an individual—a breakthrough that promises to at last bring peace to the troubled region. Driven by two virtuoso central performances, The Journey is a more-relevant-than-ever reminder of how simple humanity can overcome political division. Matthew Bond of The Daily Mail (UK) calls The Journey, “fascinating and deeply moving.”  [2017, UK, Runtime: 94 minutes, Rated: PG-13].

Moderators: Moderators for this session are Ronnie Green and Carolyn Walter.

 

 

ACCIDENTAL COURTESY

Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Admission: Members $9, General Admission $10, Advance online reservations for Sunday's screening are now closed. Tickets will be sold at the door. Please note: tickets are not refundable.

Location: Cinema Art Theater, 17701 Dartmouth Drive, #2, Dartmouth Plaza, Lewes map 

Musician Daryl Davis has played all over the world with legends like Chuck Berry and Little Richard, but it’s what Daryl does in his free time that sets him apart. Daryl likes to meet and befriend members of the Ku Klux Klan in hopes of persuading them to change their ways by challenging them with the question, “How can you hate me when you don’t even know me?” Daryl’s journey takes him across the country, from DC to California, Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri and Alabama, from old friends who have left the Klan, to friends still active in the organization, including a current Imperial Wizard of the KKK. In an age of digital disconnection, Daryl’s method is rooted in personal interaction and we as viewers reap the rewards. “Lively and accessible,” says Dennis Harvey of Variety. “A great conversation-starter for public and educational forums.” [2016, US, Runtime: 96 minutes, Not rated].

Moderators: Moderators for this session are Saro Dedeyan and Karen Barwick. Saro Dedeyan Received a BFA from Pratt Institute in NYC in Art Direction. He worked for 22 years as a graphic designer in DC and Baltimore and has spent the last 11 years working as realtor with Cummings and Co. in Baltimore. He has a lifelong love of film. Karen is a licensed mental health counselor and has a private practice in Rehoboth Beach. Karen is also the Program Director and a founding member of The Minds Over Matter Initiative.


 

 

Special Thanks

The Rehoboth Beach Film Society thanks the WMUT? Committee for their volunteer service in selecting this year’s theme and searching for the best corresponding films.