14 Pews presents Death and Dying in the United States.: Dead Man Walking
14 Pews will present Dead Man Walking as part of their monthly film series, Death and Dying in the United States. The series is curated by Dr. Anthony Pinn, director of Religious Studies at Rice University
and the Agnes Cullen Arnold Professor of Humanities.
Tim Robbins' second directorial effort was this drama based on a true story, which explores the issue of capital punishment. Sister Helen Prejean (Susan Sarandon) is a nun and teacher living in rural Louisiana. One day, she receives a letter from Matthew Poncelet (Sean Penn), who is scheduled to be executed soon for the rape and murder of two teenagers. After meeting Matthew, Sister Helen agrees to serve as spiritual counselor and see what she can do to stay the execution.
A powerful, thought-provoking film that covers different angles of its topic without resorting to preaching, Dead Man Walking will cause the viewer to reflect regardless of their political viewpoint.