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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 2011: Thirteenth Annual Documentary Film Series

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

3/27/2011, Last Train Home, Lixin Fan, China/Canada(2009), 87

Every spring, China’s cities are plunged into chaos as 130 million migrant workers journey to their home villages for the New Year’s holiday. This mass exodus is the world’s largest human migration—an epic spectacle that reveals a country tragically caught between its rural past and industrial future. The stunning debut from Chinese-Canadian director Lixin Fan, Last Train Home, a film not to be missed, portrays the fractured lives of a migrant family in China. Caught between tradition and the new realities of the globalized economy, the Zhangs abandon their rural home and children to toil in an urban factory, and are only able to return home to their family once a year for the Chinese New Year, along with millions of other migrant workers. Last Train Home’s intimate observation of one family sheds light on the profound human cost of China’s ascendancy as an economic superpower, of its economic miracle. -“Filmmaker Lixin Fan may very well be one of modern-day China’s great non-fiction storytellers. Last Train Home is a documentary masterpiece!” Indiewire -“A fascinating family documentary that follows the amazing Chinese New Year migration. Epic in scale, but intimate in focus and unforgettable overall!” Salon -“A beautifully shot, haunting and haunted large-scale portrait about an astonishing migration involving 130 million Chinese workers who each year travel by train, boat and foot to return home for New Year’s.” The New York Times -“An incredibly powerful story that should be seen and discussed around the world!” Huffington Post -“Frequently moving and quietly enlightening, Last Train Home is about love and exploitation, sacrifice and endurance.” NPR

4/10/2011, When the Mountains Tremble, Pamela Yates & Thomas Sigel, USA(1983), 90

The film that shook audiences and critics alike upon its original release, this revolutionary tour-de-force—Sundance Jury Prize winner and American Film Festival Blue Ribbon Award winner—chronicles the war between the heavily armed Guatemalan military and a nearly defenseless Mayan population. As the first film to report this previously unreported conflict, directors Yates and Siegel throw themselves into the center of a storm to capture live combat footage with robust passion and exhilaration. In the tradition of political truth-telling documentaries, the film discusses the role of the US government in providing money, arms, and training to the Guatemalan government and thus has relevance to countless other American interventions in foreign affairs. Commentary provided by the Quiche woman Rigoberta Menchu, the Nobel Peace Prize winner known around the world for her humanitarian efforts. -“A beautiful tapestry of simple people caught in the continuous upheaval of political turmoil.” San Francisco Examiner -“A first class narrative in a riveting dramatic form.” Seattle Post-Intelligence -“When the Mountains Tremble emerges as an active player in the present by becoming forensic evidence in a genocide case against a military dictator. In an incredible twist of fate, Yates was allowed to shoot the only known footage of the army as it carried out the genocide.” Human Rights Watch “Tells the story of 30 years of US-initiated and backed military dictatorships through the family saga of Rigoberta Menchú, the Indian peasant woman narrator.” Time Out London -"The camera and sound work provide a sense of Central American realities that do not come across in news coverage." The Boston Globe

4/17/2011, Pray The Devil Back to Hell, Gini Reticker, USA(2008), 72

The women of Liberia are living proof that moral courage and non-violent resistance can succeed, even where the best efforts of traditional diplomacy have failed. Their demonstrations culminated in the exile of Charles Taylor and the election of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first female head of state, and marked the vanguard of a new wave of women taking control of their political destiny around the world. This remarkable chapter of world history was on its way to being lost forever, for the Liberian war and peace movements were largely ignored as the international press focused on Iraq. Pray the Devil Back to Hell reconstructs the moment through interviews, archival footage and striking images of contemporary Liberia. It is compelling testimony to the potential of women worldwide to alter the history of nations. -"Eloquently captures the power each of us innately has within our souls to make this world a far better, safer, more peaceful place." Desmond Tutu, 1984 Nobel Peace Prize Winner -“Without their guns, the men prove surprisingly helpless. And when a representative of a larger pan-African community tells them that if they want the women to stop treating them like children, they must behave responsibly, you sense a corner has been turned.” NPR -“If this were a fictional Hollywood movie, it would be criticized for being too upbeat. But sometimes truth is not only stranger than fiction, it's also a whole lot better.” Christian Science Monitor -“One of the truly heartening international political stories of recent years.” Los Angeles Times -“Uplifting, disheartening, inspiring, enraging—the mind reels while watching the documentary Pray the Devil Back to Hell, even as the eyes water, the temples pound and the body trembles. Reminds us of the incredible power available to the most ordinary of people if they are willing to act with courage and unwavering commitment.” The 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 405-208-5472 ,,

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