Oklahoma City University
Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film & Literature
Spring 2004 6th Annual Documentary Film Series
Sundays, 2 PM, Kerr McGee Auditorium, Meinders School of Business, NW 27th & Blackwelder
4/4/2004, The Gate of Heavenly Peace, Carma Hinton & Richard Gordon, USA(1995), 150
In the spring of 1989, Chinese students and workers occupied Beijing’s Tiananmen Square and began the largest nonviolent protest in China’s history. At the height of the movement, over one million people marched in the streets of Beijing. Witnessed on television by millions around the world, the Tiananmen protests were one of the most watched, yet least understood stories of our time. The Gate of Heavenly Peace revisits these events and explores the complex political process that led to the protests and eventual Beijing massacre of June 4th. The directors spent six years investigating this important and intriguing story and interviewing scholars as well as participants in the events.
-Winner of many international prizes and a George Foster Peabody Award
-"A deep, powerful and rivetingly complex study of Tiananmen." David Ansen, Newsweek
-"Two ethnographic filmmakers with extensive experience working in rural China have produced an epic, complex, account of the events that culminated in the June 1989 student occupation of Tiananmen Square. It may be definitive." Village Voice
-"Brilliant, utterly absorbing; a big picture of rare power." Betsy Sherman, The Boston Globe
-“Provides as fair and balanced an account of the student demonstration and subsequent military repression as could be imagined, suggesting that irrationally radical positions on both sides led inevitably to violence. A most impressive and informative undertaking." Dave Kehr, The New York Daily News
-"The most riveting, unsettling and overwhelming documentary in years. Gordon and Hinton translate the conflict into the most human and down-to-earth terms." Chicago Sun-Times
-“Has the richness, clarity, and complexity that only the best documentaries afford...The Gate Of Heavenly Peace turns out to be the movie event of the season.” The Boston Phoenix
4/18/2004, The Flute Player, Jocelyn Glatzer, USA(2003), 53
Nearly thirty years ago, Pol Pot overtook Cambodia and over one million perished in the Khmer Rouge's brutal "killing fields." Many others were forced into unspeakable acts in order to survive. Arn Chorn Pond is one of these survivors. Now, after living in the United States for twenty years, Arn is a musician and activist traveling the country and giving lectures on human rights. He is also on a mission to reconcile the demons of his past. The Flute Player chronicles his return to Cambodia, where he has begun a master musician project to revive the traditional music that was lost under the Khmer Rouge. A complex and moving film, it reveals the history and tradition lost to Arn's generation and the search for healing and forgiveness in a country wounded by war.
- Arn is the recipient of the Reebok Human Rights Award, the Anne Frank Memorial Award, and the Kohl Foundation International Peace Prize. He is also an accomplished musician, recording artist and actor who has traveled around the world meeting with young people from war zones.
-Human Rights Watch International Film Festival
-Audience Award, Documentary First Film, South by Southwest Film Festival
-"This poignant documentary has a liberating effect as a musician helps to save the indigenous music of Cambodia, nearly wiped out by the Khmer Rouge." The Christian Science Monitor
-"A powerful reminder of the resiliency of the human spirit." Film Threat
-"Highly recommended." The Chicago Reader
5/2/2004, Life and Debt, Stephanie Black, USA(2001), 86
Playing to sold out crowds in New York City, Black's acclaimed film presents a distinctive view of Jamaica, land of sand, sea and sun. The film looks at the poverty of this small island nation that has had twenty-five years of help from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. How has Jamaica faired with the policies of globalization and free trade intended to bring Third World nations into the fold of free-market economies? Supporting the view that restructuring policies have crippled Jamaica's efforts toward self-reliant development while enriching its lenders, Black shows us a view of this "new world order" from the point of view of Jamaican sweatshop workers and farmers as well as government and policy officials. The film also features a dynamic reggae soundtrack with Bob Marley and a searing voice over based on text by Jamaica Kincaid.
-A must-see film." New York Observer
-"Fascinating. A beautifully made film. A wake up call that everyone should experience." San Francisco Bay Guardian -"Eye opening! Powerfully illustrates what globalization has been doing to underdeveloped countries." The Chicago Reader
-The most vibrant reggae soundtrack since Jimmy Cliff's "The Harder They Come." New York Magazine
-"Artful and intelligent. Black is as skillful a filmmaker as she is a reporter." Village Voice
-"Offers the clearest analysis of globalization and its negative effects
that I've ever seen." Stephen Holden, The New York Times
For Information, contact Harbour Winn, Director, Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film & Literature, at Oklahoma City University.
Phone: (405)-521-5472; Fax: (405)-521-5447;
Web Site: www.okcu.edu/film-lit/ E-mail: email@example.com
Films are free and open to the public.