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CCU’s film series presents Joan of Arc story

November 6, 2017

Luc Besson’s 1999 historical drama, “The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc,” will be screened Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 5 p.m. in the Coastal Theater of the Lib Jackson Student Union. The event is free and open to the public.

The film is set during the Hundred Years’ War (1337-1453) and depicts a young Joan of Arc witnessing her home village being burned at the hands of English pillagers as her country is ravaged by war. She is later shown to have visions from God at the age of 13 that inspire her to go to battle and lead her people to victory against the English.

Brian Nance, professor of history, will provide the film’s historical context following the film in a discussion on 15th century Europe. He earned a Ph.D. in Renaissance and Reformation from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; he specializes in the history of medicine and culture. The War and Society Film Series, which sponsors the film, aims to inspire discussion and offer information on societal impacts during and after wars.

The Coastal Theater is located in Room A-110 of the Student Union at 106 Spadoni Park Circle on the Coastal campus in Conway. Parking is available in lots E and MM; visit

For more information on the event or on the War and Society Film Series, contact Christopher Gunn, CCU assistant professor of history, at or 843-349-6461. Visit