The Here House Socrates Cafe is back by popular demand with the collaborative addition of Aspen Film.


Designed for engaged citizens and contributors, thought leaders, and intellectuals, we are committed to an evening in which we totally transcend binary thinking; each night will offer a discussion on the below topics in which we invite the audience to engage in philosophical exploration in a safe and supportive environment.


This June, join us for a 3-part symposium inspired by the rich experiential process of philosophical inquiry and dedicated engagement. Combining the visual art of film and the expansive space created by open, safe dialogue, we are venturing to explore the philosophical and spiritual concept of Otherness. We will explore concepts like the identity of the Self, identification of the Constitutive Other, compassionate hospitality, and the current and future effects of globalization in our local communities.


How might principals from philosophers like Edmond Husserl, Emmanual Levinas, G.W.F Hegel, Jean-Paul Sartre, Jacques Lacan be supportive in crafting a practice of welcoming, acceptance, and deeper, more meaningful integration of the ‘other.’ We will explore these theories of mind by deep-diving into two contemporary issues (immigration and foster care), both prominent yet silent challenges in our local community, with two film screenings followed by integrative discussion.


June 20: Blue Bayou screening at the Isis Theater, 6 PM
Concessions available for purchase


June 21: Discussion and guided dialogue at Here House, 5-8 PM
Food and beverage available for purchase


June 22: Foster Shock screening at Here House followed by discussion and guided dialogue, 5-8 PM
Food and beverage available for purchase




Monday, June 20 | 6 PM
Isis Theatre


An official selection of the 2021 Cannes Film Festival from award-winning writer/director Justin Chon, Blue Bayou is the moving and timely story of a uniquely American family fighting for their future. Antonio LeBlanc (Chon), a Korean adoptee raised in a small town in the Louisiana bayou, is married to the love of his life Kathy (Alicia Vikander) and step-dad to their beloved daughter Jessie. Struggling to make a better life for his family, he must confront the ghosts of his past when he discovers that he could be deported from the only country he has ever called home.




Wednesday, June 22 | 5 PM
Here House


Their stories are shocking. These former foster kids recall being ripped from their dangerous, unstable homes in the middle of the night, separated from brothers and sisters and deposited in a strange place where they didn’t know anyone. The foster family or group home in which they landed may be caring and supportive, or it may be another house of horrors, with sexual abuse, violence and neglect. This happened over and over again.


The filmmakers didn’t go into this project looking for worst case scenarios. They simply asked these young people about their lives in the child welfare system – and found just about any foster kid has the same kind of horrible experiences.


The young people featured in this film are all over age 18, so they have “aged” out of the system, meaning they’re no longer in the state’s care. The film gives their first-hand accounts of what it’s like to grow up this way. Their stories are backed up by a review of thousands of pages of public records and personal files that verify their accounts.