Oklahoma City University
Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film & Literature
Fourth Annual Documentary Film Series
Sundays, 2:00 PM, Jones Auditorium, Noble Center Business School
4/14/2002, The First Year, Davis Guggenheim, USA(2001), 80
As our politicians and the press argue the merits of countless school reforms, it is our teachers who enter the classroom every day and fight the real fight of educating our children, one child at a time. The First Year shows the determination of five novice teachers as they struggle to survive their first year in America's toughest schools. Intense and emotional, the film cuts through the rhetoric of the national debate about education to remind us what is real: the powerful relationship between a teacher and a student. "The film is raw, edgy, spare--so beautiful and inspiring." The Washington Post "The First Year stands out like a small, perfectly sculpted and polished stone." Baltimore Sun "If enough kids see it before they choose a career, it could change the country." Matt Miller, Nationally Syndicated Columnist "Everyone in America should see this film." Robert Putnam, author of Bowling Alone
4/28/2002, Scout's Honor, Tom Shephard, USA(2001), 57
Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival, Scout's Honor traces the conflict between the anti-gay policies of the Boy Scouts of America and the broad-based movement by many of its members to overturn them. The film also chronicles how a 12-year-old straight scout, inspired by the values he learned in scouting, stands up for his personal beliefs and launches a grassroots plan to impact the lives of boys and scouting. Winner of the Sundance Freedom of Expression Award as well as the Grand Prize for Nonfiction Film at the USA Film Festival. "This documentary offers families, particularly Scouting families, much to discuss about responsibility, activism, and the role individuals can play in standing up for what they believe." The Chicago Tribune "A purposeful and moving documentary."
York Times "No one, gay or straight, can understand the moral and legal issues raised by the Boy Scout's exclusion of gay people without viewing Scout's Honor. This is one of the most moving and intelligent documentaries I have ever seen." Deputy Dean, Yale Law School "A brilliant and personal account in the sociology of a modern-day civil rights movement, this film offers lessons that few textbooks could ever inspire." Professor of History, Stanford University
5/3/2002, Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransporter, Mark Jonathan Harris, USA(2000), 117
Stories Of The Kindertransport, USA (2000), 117 min.
In the months before World War II, an extraordinary rescue operation aided the youngest victims of Nazi terror. Ten thousand Jewish and other children were transported from German-held lands to foster homes and hostels in Great Britain. Some of the children built new family ties; some endured the Blitz; some even found ways to liberate their own parents. Filled with rare archival footage, the film features gripping remembrances by the child survivors, rescuers, and parents of the heroic Kindertransport. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature Film, 2000. "Especially moving and effective; gripping and memorable."
Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times "This moving tribute has the power to summon us to our better selves." Richard Shickel, Time "A cinematic triumph. It soars into an almost ethereal realm of memory." John Anderson, Newsday "Powerful is not an adequate word to describe this well-done, must-see documentary." Film Journal International