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Documentary Film Series Finale
4/26/2015 2:00:00 PM-4/26/2015 5:00:00 PM
Spring 2015 Seventeenth Annual Documentary Film Series Walls and Bridges Sundays, 2:00 p.m. Kerr McGee Auditorium Meinders School of Business NW 27th and Blackwelder “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Gandhi FREE ADMISSION OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Thatcher Hoffman Smith Endowment Fund
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Oklahoma City University
Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film & Literature

3rd Annual Documentary Film Series

Sundays, 2:00 PM, Jones Auditorium, Noble Center Business School

3/25/2001, Children in War, Allan & Susan Raymond, USA(1999), 108

In the past ten years two million children have been killed in increasingly brutal wars and ethnic or religious conflicts. Academy Award winning directors Alan and Susan Raymond explore this topic through the voices of children in Israel, Bosnia, Rwanda, and Northern Ireland. Their stories, drawings, and cinematic images tell us of atrocities they have witnessed, losses they have suffered, and hopes that still prevail. The directors spent two years in these four countries recording the firsthand, candid accounts of the children we see and hear. “The compassionate choices that shape this documentary make its tragic subject bearable. It may conquer the indifference of people to situations that are occurring far away from the safety of their own backyard. An invaluable historical record.” Philadelphia Inquirer “A film not so much about children as by them. The Raymonds train their camera on the faces and let the children speak.” The New York Times “Children in War is extraordinary. The Raymonds have my deep admiration for what they have risked and achieved.” Scott Simon, National Public Radio “A powerful and compassionate report.” The Christian Science Monitor

4/8/2001, Hands on a Hard Body, S.R. Bindler, USA(1997), 97

The best documentaries often focus on subjects that seem on the surface to have no broad appeal. Director Bindler takes us into an annual human endurance contest with the result being one of the funniest and most involving films of any year. At a Nissan dealership in Longview, Texas, 24 people are gathered around a brand new “Hard Body” pickup truck. Whoever can stand upright the longest with his or her hand on the truck will drive it home. Hands on a Hard Body captures the next several days of lunacy, laughter, and heartbreak. A film that will make you laugh and cry! “Best Documentary” winner from the Boston Society of Film Critics to the Los Angeles International Film Festival. “The best part of this life-affirming film about blue-collar workers is that [Bindler] avoids cheap shots while still producing a film that has the audience in stitches.” Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews “These may not be people whom moviegoers think they want to spend time with, but this is accomplished documentary making, finding universal lessons in determination, struggle, planning, persistence, and the relationship of mind and body. The experience turns out to be simultaneously primal and complex.” The New York Times “Demonstrates with disarming frankness and humor that even in the most bizarre and contentious of situations, our common humanity binds us.” The Oregonian “You lose the Contest when you lose your mind!”

4/22/2001, Sound and Fury, Josh Aronson, USA(2000), 80

Nominated for “Best Documentary” in this year’s Oscar competition, Sound and Fury takes us inside the seldom seen world of the deaf to witness a family struggle over a controversial medical technology called the cochlear implant. Some family members celebrate the implant as a long overdue cure for deafness while others fear it will destroy their language and way of life. This documentary explores this seemingly irreconcilable conflict as it illuminates the ongoing struggle among deaf people today. Out of director Aronson’s candor emerges a rare and intimate portrait of the deaf that forces all viewers to re-examine their definitions of personal identity, disability, culture and community. “Gripping, touching, and enlightening! The most riveting documentary to arrive in theaters this year!” The Christian Science Monitor “The kind of intensely human drama that the best of Sundance documentaries often provide. Intimately focused as well as fair to all sides, this is a powerful examination of a question that is nowhere as simple as it may seem at first.” Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times “A poignant film! We don’t get so many chances to walk straight into the heart of a powerful dilemma that touches us with the radiance of human possibility.” Toronto Star “We award this film a Golden Spire for its unique ability to tell a compelling and captivating story that transcends its immediate subject matter to cover profound and universal questions about the nature of family, community, and culture.” Jury, San Francisco International Film Festival

4/29/2001, King Gimp, Daniel Keplinger, USA(1999), 47

Winner of the Oscar last year, King Gimp follows Don Keplinger for thirteen years as he moves from a special elementary school for those with cerebral palsy to the mainstream. Unable to communicate easily with words, Keplinger’s emotional life explodes on canvas when he discovers art. Soon we realize that even though most people think that “gimp” means someone with a lame walk, it also means a “fighting spirit.” Like the Irish painter Christy Brown, memorialized by Daniel Day-Lewis’s bravura performance in My Left Foot, Keplinger shows how the contact of a paint brush and a canvas steady him. “It tells the story leading up to that Oscar moment, and how Daniel Keplinger, the flailing man in the wheelchair, tries to force the world to see only the man.” New York Times “Inside his head, there is poetry.” Washington Post “King Gimp is just the reality check all of us smug, boom-economy lightweights need to bring us back to earth.” Boston Herald “There’s good reason this lovingly crafted piece won the Oscar. Don’t let the subject keep you from watching. You’ll never forget Dan Keplinger—and you’ll be glad of it.” Dallas Morning News

For more information contact: Harbour Winn, Director Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film and Literature Oklahoma City University 2501 N. Blackwelder Oklahoma City, OK 73106-1493 Phone: (405) 521-5472 Fax: (405) 521-5447 e-mail:

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