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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

Spring 2009 Eleventh Annual Documentary Film Series

Sundays, 2:00 pm, Kerr McGee Auditorium, Meinders School of Business

3/29/2009, Encounters at the End of the World, Werner Herzog, USA(2008), 99

A hidden society of one thousand men and women live together at the end of the world under unbelievably close quarters in Antarctica, risking their lives and sanity in search of cutting-edge science. For the first time, an outsider has been admitted. In his first documentary since Grizzly Man, iconoclastic Werner Herzog, accompanied only by his cameraman, travels to Antarctica for his latest meditation on nature. Herzog explores this land of fire, ice, and corrosive solitude to examine human nature and Mother nature, juxtaposing breathtaking locations with the profound, surreal, and sometimes absurd experiences of the marine biologists, physicists, plumbers, and truck drivers who choose to form a community as far away from society as one can get. Herzog dedicates this Oscar-nominated film to renowned film critic Roger Ebert. With rare access to the raw beauty and humanity of the ultimate Down Under, Herzog confirms his standing as the poet laureate of men in extreme conditions. (Look for announcement that U.S. Poet Laureate Charles Simic will be at Oklahoma City University on April 1.) -“A travelogue or an exhibit of eccentrics . . . a poem of oddness and beauty. Herzog is like no other filmmaker, and to return to him is to be welcomed into a world vastly larger and more peculiar than the one around us.” Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times -Few filmmakers make the end of days seem as hauntingly beautiful as Werner Herzog. In Encounters at the End of the World, this professional madman and restlessly curious filmmaker travels to the blinding white of the Antarctic, where he meets melancholic scientists, brooding journeymen and various poets of the soul who . . . have traveled so far beyond the familiar coordinates that they might as well be on another planet. Call it Planet Herzog. Like many of Mr. Herzog's movies, fiction and nonfiction, Encounters at the End of the World itself has the quality of a dream: it's at once vivid and vague, easy to grasp and somehow beyond reach.” Manohla Dargis, The New York Times -“It is often incorrectly assumed that documentaries are more objective than dramatic films. But a great documentarian imposes his vision as surely as does a great dramatic filmmaker, and Werner Herzog . . . is both.” Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor - “Takes you places an ordinary documentary filmmaker might’ve gone to, yet missed completely.” Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune -“The images captured by Herzog and cinematographer Peter Zeitlinger are dazzling all on their own, finding the disorienting psychedelia that is nature at its weirdest.” Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times -“Does Antarctica attract dreamers or create them? It's a thread that runs throughout the film.” Ty Burr, Boston Globe

4/5/2009, Up the Yangtze, Yung Chang, China(2008), 93

A luxury cruise boat motors up the Yangtze, navigating the mythic waterway known in China simply as The River. The Yangtze and all of the life that surrounds it is about to be transformed by the biggest hydroelectric construction in history, the Three Gorges Dam. Director Chang returns to the gorgeous, now-disappearing landscape of his grandfather’s youth to trace the surreal life of a farewell cruise that traverses the gargantuan waterway. With a humanist gaze and wry wit, Chang captures the microcosmic society of the luxury liner: a bewildered young girl, whose peasant family faces relocation from the encroaching floodwaters, trains as a dishwasher; a teenage waiter tagged by upper management with a new Westernized name, “Jerry,” warily grasps at a better future; wealthy international tourists try to catch a last glance of a country in dramatic flux. Up the Yangtze gives a human dimension to the wrenching changes facing not only an increasingly globalized China, but the world at large. The Three Gorges Dam, contested symbol of the Chinese economic miracle, provides the epic backdrop for a dramatic rendering of life inside modern China. Winner of awards around the world, including Best Canadian Documentary. -“An astonishing documentary of culture clash and the erasure of history amid China’s economic miracle.” Stephen Holden, The New York Times -“In his masterful and haunting documentary Up the Yangtze, Yung Chang shows the old China drowning helplessly under the weight of the new.” Ty Burr, Boston Globe -“Chang's images of the Yangtze and the new megacities replacing the villages on its banks are spectacular, and his cast of characters rival any fiction film I've seen recently.” -"A potent indictment of the dam-age done! Says more about what's being lost— culturally, geographically, morally—than any parade of talking heads ever could." Time Out New York -“Restores your faith in the documentary film medium.” Montreal Mirror

4/19/2009, War Dance, Sean & Andrea Nix Fine, USA(2007), 107

Set in northern Uganda, a country ravaged by more than two decades of civil war, Oscar- nominated War Dance tells the story of three orphans whose families have been torn apart, their homes destroyed, and who currently reside in a displaced persons' camp. When they are invited to compete in an annual music and dance festival, their historic journey to the nation's capital promises an opportunity to regain a part of their childhood and to taste victory for the first time in their lives. Their love of music and dance brings joy, excitement and hope back into their poverty-stricken lives; their odyssey becomes a stirring tale about the power of the human spirit to triumph against tremendous odds. Won “Audience Award” at Woodstock Film Festival, Wisconsin Film Festival, Aspen Filmfest; Won Best Documentary Director at Sundance. -“War Dance is among the most affecting films I've seen all year; it cuts to the core of being and gives individual faces to sorrow and to hope.” Ty Burr, Boston Globe -“An enormously emotional and spirit-raising documentary.” Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times -“This is documentary-making at its best, not pretending to be journalism, but still playing a crucial role in telling stories that otherwise wouldn't make the front page.” Ann Hornaday, Washington Post -“War Dance is an honorable, sometimes inspiring, exploration of the primal healing power of music and dance in an African tribal culture.” Stephen Holden, The New York Times -“This film offers a child's perspective on the ravages and complexity of war and is also a convincing testament to the healing power of creative expression.” The Toronto Globe and Mail

For information, contact Dr. Harbour Winn, Director of Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film and Literature, Oklahoma City University, 2501 N Blackwelder, Oklahoma City, OK 73106-1493, 405-208-5472,,

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