Director Mary Fishman to appear at screening of Kartemquin's INQUIRING NUNS


On Saturday, December 1, 8 PM at the Gene Siskel Film Center, Mary Fishman will be appearing at a screening of INQUIRING NUNS with Gordon Quinn, the film's director and cofounder of Kartemquin Films. INQUIRING NUNS features two young sisters in 1968, on the cusp of the changes of Vatican II, asking people all over Chicago "Are you happy?"  

The answers include: 

“I could be happier.” 
“Mostly, except about Vietnam.” 
“Well, certainly, Notre Dame won yesterday!”
“Yeah, because I went to communion this morning.”

The interviewees are sometimes taken aback, nervous, or clamoring to get into view of the camera. The humor and pathos of these encounters elevates the film into a serious and moving inquiry of contemporary society and the manner in which people examine their own lives.

One of the earliest examples of Kartemquin co-founders Gordon Quinn and Gerald Temaner’s exploration into the world of cinéma vérité, INQUIRING NUNS captures the attitudes, fears, and dreams of everyday Chicagoans, giving audiences and researchers insight into the political and social climate of 1960’s Chicago. The film’s music is composed by Philip Glass in his first credited film score.