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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

Spring 2010 Twelfth Annaul Documentary Film Series

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

3/28/2010, The Power of Song, Pete Seeger, USA(2007), 93

Pete Seeger was the architect of the folk revival, writing some of its best known songs including "Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” "Turn, Turn, Turn” and "If I Had A Hammer." Largely misunderstood by his critics, including the US government, for his views on peace, unionism, civil rights and ecology, Seeger was targeted by the communist witch hunt of the Fifties. He was picketed, protested, blacklisted, and, in spite of his enormous popularity, banned from American television for more than 17 years. With a combination of never-before-seen archival footage and personal films made by Seeger and his wife, Pete Seeger: The Power of Song chronicles the life of this legendary artist and political activist. Musicians including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Joan Baez, Peter, Paul & Mary all appear in this landmark film. -“The filmmakers treat this aged curmudgeon almost too reverently, but it is hard not to be awed by this gentle, resolute soul because of the ideas he steadfastly and faithfully represented.” San Francisco Chronicle -“As certain to get kudos singing as the man himself, Pete Seeger: The Power of Song is a terrific, multilayered portrait of a singer whose legacy extends beyond music and into every major social action movement since the 1940s.” Variety -“With access to remarkable archival footage, old TV shows, home movies and the family photo album, Brown weaves together the story of the Seegers with testimony by admirers who represent his influence and legacy.” Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times -“Between clips of the concerts Seeger staged as hootenanny hosannas, the film chronicles how the blacklisted star stuck true to his beliefs—which were more patriotic than those of his accusers.” Entertainment Weekly -“More than an appreciation, Pete Seeger: The Power of Song is an inspiration.” Austin Chronicle

4/11/2010, Sisters in Law, Kim Longinotto, Cameroon(2005), 104

In the little town of Kumba, Cameroon, there have been no convictions in spousal abuse cases for 17 years. But two women determined to change their community are making progress that could change their country. This fascinating, often hilarious film follows the work of State Prosecutor Vera Ngassa and Court President Beatrice Ntuba as they help women fight often-difficult cases of abuse, despite pressures from family and their community to remain silent. With fierce compassion, the two feisty and progressive-minded women dispense wisdom, wisecracks and justice in fair measure, handing down stiff sentences to those convicted. A cross between “Judge Judy” and “The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency,” Sisters in Law has audiences cheering when justice is served. Winner of the Peabody Award and the Prix Art et Essai at the Cannes Film Festival and screened to acclaim at more than 120 festivals around the world, Sisters in Law is the bestselling documentary from internationally renowned director Kim Longinotto. -“One of the best documentaries of all time.” Telluride Film Festival -"Positively soars…Who are these women, and can they please take over the world soon?" The New York Times -"Illuminating, entertaining... you might start to seriously wonder if there's a way to get [these two women] to run for office here in America." Newsday -"A triumphal portrait of women taking matters into their own hands." Time Out -"The women are so compelling—and the sense of justice so satisfying, I can’t imagine any audience resisting. Sisters in Law." The Nation -"Inspirational...A family-court western in which a pair of tart-talking gunslingers...bring justice." The Village Voice

4/25/2010, The Betrayal, Ellen Kuras, USA(2007), 92

During the Vietnam War, the United States government waged its own secret war in the neighboring country of Laos. When the U.S. withdrew, thousands of Laotians who fought alongside American forces were left behind to face imprisonment or execution. The film’s main character and co-director Thavisouk Phrasavath and his family made the courageous decision to escape to America. Hoping to find safety, they discovered a different kind of war, the hardships of immigrant life. Breathtaking and compelling as well as epic in scope, The Betrayal is a poetic, deeply personal film, a powerfully eloquent tribute of what it means to be in exile and of the far-reaching consequences of war, a testament to the resilient bonds of family, and an astonishing tale of survival. Thavisouk’s unforgettable journey reminds us of the strength necessary to survive and of the human spirit’s inspiring capacity to adapt, rebuild, and forgive. The film features an exquisite score by Academy Award winning composer Howard Shore and is directed by renowned cinematographer Ellen Kuras (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). The Betrayal was an Oscar nominee for Best Documentary last year. -“Impressionistic and lyrical, as well as somber and gripping, The Betrayal conveys a ceaseless flow. It's as if the filmmaker has opened a window onto a parallel world traveling beside our own.” Village Voice -“Exploring a Lao family's experience during and since the Vietnam War, the film chronicles the treacheries of geopolitics and the upheaval of exile.” Los Angeles Times -“A powerful account of how the American dream became a nightmare for one Laotian family.” New York Post -“The film is lyrical, expansive, unbearably beautiful.” New York Magazine -“A riveting work of humanism.” San Francisco Chronicle -Remarkable. A work of visual art. The Betrayal is quiet, contemplative and impressionistic, which makes the story it has to tell all the more powerful.” New York Times

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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