Oklahoma City University
Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film & Literature
Spring 2007 Ninth Annual Documentary Film Series
Sundays, 2:00 p.m., Kerr McGee Auditorium, Meinders School of Business
4/1/2007, Emmanuel's Gift, Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern, USA(2005), 80
Narrated by Oprah Winfrey, Emmanuel's Gift tells the powerful story of a disabled orphan from Ghana who rises above poverty and physical challenge to become an inspiration to people around the world. His first stunning act of heroism was to ride a bicycle across Ghana with one leg. Continuing to travel around the world to spread awareness, he has won the prestigious Arthur Ashe Courage Award.
-“This film becomes memorable through the sheer force of Emmanuel's personality: his ready smile, his intent gaze, his fierce resolution and the way he keeps moving forward, against all barriers.” Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
-“Emmanuel's Gift tells a story of perseverance and resilience so extraordinary and borderline superhuman that it seems to implicate the doughy apathy of the soda-sucking, popcorn-munching saps in the audience.” The Onion
“Emmanuel’s gift is a gift for all of humanity.” Muhammad Ali
“Every parent should take their children to see this movie.” Oprah Winfrey
4/15/2006, Occupied Minds, Jamal Dajani & David Michaelis, USA(2006), 60
Palestinian-American journalist Jamal Dajani and Israeli journalist David Michaelis travel together to Jerusalem, their mutual birthplace, to interview a variety of people searching for unique insights into the divisive Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In one of the world’s most volatile regions, both of them interview an Israeli soldier about his military training, a Palestinian on Israel’s most wanted list, an Israeli surgeon who lost his eyesight in a suicide bombing, a Palestinian farmer whose pasture was divided by one of the walls being built around Israeli settlements, and an Israeli mother who lost her son in the conflict. While many struggle to find lasting solutions, these two men reach a view representative of those imaginative leaps that defy skepticism. In English, Arabic & Hebrew with English subtitles.
-"Brilliant...This must-see film is, in the words of Dajani, 'a narrative not heard in the mass media,' and, added Michaelis, 'the story you haven’t heard before.'" Washington Report on Middle East Affairs
-“The real fault line, then, is between those of us who are prepared, even eager, to live within our environment and those who would rather pretend that it doesn't exist. The essential question that we Israeli Jews must ask ourselves, following disengagement, is this: Are we prepared to live together with our Arab neighbors or do we want to cut ourselves off from them? Do we wish to integrate into the Middle East or to exist as a foreign enclave in the region? Only when we have resolved this basic question can we start considering the alternative road maps and models.” Daniel Gavron, The Jerusalem Post
-Both sides believe that they are victims, and victims sometimes behave irrationally because of their insecurities. To move forward they both have to get out of their ‘victim-hood box.’” Two Journalists in the Film.
4/29/2006, Nobelity, Turk Pipkin, USA(2006), 84
Nobelity follows filmmaker Pipkin's personal journey to find answers about the future of our planet fifty years from now, and the kind of world our children and grandchildren will know. The film offers a powerful cinematic look at the world's most pressing problems through the eyes of nine Nobel laureates from disparate fields, featuring such distinguished notables as Archbishop Desmond Tutu (Nobel Peace Prize, 1984) and Jody Williams from the International Campaign to Ban Land Mines (Nobel Peace Prize, 1997). Filmed across the U.S., and in France, England, India and Africa, Nobelity combines the insights of some of the world’s most intelligent and accomplished individuals offering a first-person view on the future.
-“The sea is actually made up of drops of water. What you do, where you are, is of significance.” Desmond Tutu
-"This is the straight stuff. I'd call it "no-BULL-ity." Willie Nelson
-"Pipkin's remarkable new film leaves you wanting more and thinking that if Pipkin's nine were in charge, we would leave a better world indeed." Esquire Magazine
For Information, contact Dr. Harbour Winn, Director, Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film & Literature, at Oklahoma City University.
Phone: (405)-208-5472, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax: (405)-208-5447, Web site: www.okcu.edu/film-lit/
Films are free and open to the public.