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Navigating Rituals

  • 120 mins

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Our rituals are changed when we are forced to migrate; our wayfinding, and history, is disrupted when public memorials and space are moved.

The way we move about and interact with each other in our cities can seem routine, but when faced with changing circumstances can take on very different meanings. When everything closes down, we realize our morning walk to the bus stop is actually our ritual for welcoming a new day. A makeshift memorial on the sidewalk can instantly move us into a space of ritual, just as landmark removal can shift how we tell directions and even understand our history. The films in this program look at the way we interact, see, and acknowledge each other and the world around us on the streets of cities, and collapse the space between ritual and routine.

Join us at The Roxie for the screening and panel discussion. Masks are no longer required at The Roxie, but are welcomed and appreciated. Click this link to review The Roxie’s health and safety policies.

Opening night celebration: Audience members are welcome to join the after-party in the upstairs lounge at Arepas on 16th Street!

Curation by Susie Smith


Ronald R. Sundstrom (Moderator), Professor

Sue DingSue Ding, Director

Sarah Garrahan, Director 

Carlo NasisseCarlo Nasisse, Director 

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In this program

East Side

Directed by Carlo Nasisse, Patricia Noguera

East Side explores the changing neighborhood of East Austin.


Directed by Sarah Garrahan and Sue Ding

Six seemingly unconnected lives come together in this film about strangers and the places they intersect.

The Face of a City

Directed by Farhad Pakdel

The stories of four Iranian families who emigrate to Canada and the city they leave behind.

Ghost Bikes

Directed by Ethan Brooks

There are over 150 white-painted bicycles chained up throughout New York City. Each bike represents a cyclist killed in traffic – each is placed at the scene of the crash.

Mirza puts up the bikes. He remembers these fallen cyclists when everyone else seems to have forgotten them.

Dates & Times


The Roxie

Mon, Mar 6
6:30 pm