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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 2012: Fourteenth Annual Documentary Film Series

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

4/1/2012, Forgiveness: A Time to Love and a Time to Hate, Helen Whitney, USA(2011), 84

This layered film by acclaimed filmmaker Whitney addresses the act of forgiveness, a theological principle central to all major religions, and yet one more and more frequently leaving the church, synagogue and mosque and hitting the fractious streets. Inevitably, its new role in the world raises serious and complex questions: why is forgiveness in the air today; what is its power, and what are its limitations and in some instances, its dangers; has it been cheapened or deepened or both? Forgiveness: A Time to Love and a Time to Hate seeks to shed insight into the light and darkness—the presence and absence—of forgiveness. The film covers a wide range of stories: the spontaneous demonstration of forgiveness following the 2006 shooting of Amish children in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania; a savage and senseless attack on two young female campers; the struggle of a '60s radical to cope with the consequences of a violent act of protest that turned deadly. -"Forgiveness is not just some nebulous, vague idea that one can easily dismiss. Without forgiveness there is no future. To forgive is the only way to change the world permanently. This film...enter[s] into a deep conversation as to how we can all accomplish this world-changing—world-affirming task." Archbishop Desmond Tutu -"Forgiveness is difficult and complex. It can involve issues of justice and reparations and of course deep seated anger and the wish for revenge. Forgiveness is not a question of forgetting the wrong done; if you've forgotten what was done, there is nothing to forgive. Forgiveness involves refusing to allow yourself to give in to anger and the desire for revenge. This is why forgiveness ultimately brings peace...a powerful exploration of this most important subject." The Dalai Lama -"This documentary, more than any that exist today, treats forgiveness as the complex phenomenon it is. It is strongest in examining the difficulties yet benefits of societal forgiveness—especially the limits of societal forgiveness where people have been grievously harmed. Forgiveness is costly, and in this movie forgiveness is always seen in context of responsibility and justice. If you are looking for a simple, feel-good, surface look at forgiving, this isn't it. If you want a thoughtful understanding, this movie will challenge you to grow." Everett Worthington, Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Theory and Application -"Forgiveness raises in both personal and global contexts central questions that are inescapable for everyone who has been made to suffer and for everyone who has caused this suffering for others.... The film successfully plumbs some of the deepest dimensions of human experience and successfully calls forth equally deep reflection. It does this by working within and respecting plural points of view, by refusing to preach or to indoctrinate, and by calling on individuals to take ultimate responsibility for the choices they make and for the choices they refrain from making.” John Stuhr, Beyond Forgiveness -"There is a fascinating abundance of introspection and eloquence in Forgiveness, but no easy or cheap answers.... Captivating, devoid of all the cheap nonsense we have grown accustomed to." The Boston Herald

4/15/2012, Children of War, Bryan Shingle, USA(2009), 74

Filmed in northern Uganda over a period of three years, Children of War is a unique and incandescent documentary which follows a group of former child soldiers as they undergo a process of trauma therapy and emotional healing while in a rehabilitation center. Having been abducted from their homes and schools and forced to become fighters by the Lord’s Resistance Army—a quasi-religious militia led by self-proclaimed prophet and war criminal Joseph Kony—the children, with the help of a team of trauma counselors, struggle to confront and break through years of captivity, extreme religious indoctrination, and participation in war crimes. As these fearless allies guide the children forward into new lives, Children of War illuminates a powerful and cathartic story of forgiveness and hope in the aftermath of war. Since its release, Children of War has captivated audiences worldwide and garnered international acclaim as a powerful communication tool on the subjects of human rights, post-war rehabilitation, peace-building, and international criminal law. -"I cannot remember a documentary so wrenching and hopeful, so guileless and authentic. Equally rare is a documentary that can be called art. Children of War is an aesthetic masterpiece and I do not use that word lightly—if ever. Boys and girls who became the blunt instruments of war return to the remembrance of goodness in an alchemical act of spirituality. Children of War should be seen by every young person in the world, and most certainly every trigger happy politician. A radically humanizing narrative done with perfect grace and skillfulness." Paul Hawken, New York Times -"Children of War is the best film I've seen on children in armed conflict. It not only captures the agony of their situation, but also the joy of their rebirth." UN Under Secretary General -"Children of War is an invaluable tool in raising awareness for justice. We must not look away. We need a world free of child soldiers—that's what we need." Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court -"This riveting documentary hits you on so many levels—visceral, cognitive, psychological, social, and political.... It leads to provocative and thoughtful classroom discussion, deeper understanding about child soldiers and the life-long impact it has on them, and to questions of why this type of behavior can go on." National Association of School Psychologists

4/22/2012, Fambul Tok, Sara Terry, USA/Sierra Leone(2011), 82

Filled with lessons for the West, Fambul Tok explores a culture that believes true justice lies in redemption and healing for individuals—and that forgiveness is the surest path to restoring dignity and building strong communities. Victims and perpetrators of Sierra Leone’s brutal civil war come together for the first time in tradition-based truth-telling and forgiveness ceremonies. By reviving their ancient practice of fambul tok (family talk), Sierra Leoneans are building sustainable peace at the grass-roots level. We are present in the most intimate of moments—at the bonfire where a rape victim pulls her perpetrator out of the crowd to hear his confession and apology; at the dramatic meeting between two previous best friends, the first time they have spoken in 17 years; when a haunted man admits to killing his friend’s father. Winner of awards nationally and internationally. Introduction within the film by Ishmael Beah, author of the powerful memoir, A Long Way Gone, and recent speaker in the OCU Distinguished Speaker Series. -"Fambul Tok offers a home-grown approach to conflict resolution based on traditional practices where both the perpetrators and the victims have opportunity to publicly dialogue and come to terms even with the worst crimes committed." World Catholic Association for Communication -"Shocking, inspiring and engrossing. Moments of soul-searching that will not fail to move viewers. Director Sara Terry brings a career’s worth of journalism experience to this assured filmmaking debut." The Hollywood Reporter -"The film is beautifully shot, the tenderness, grief and guilt of victims and perpetrators bleed through Terry’s frames, blending in the act of forgiveness." The Jakarta Post -“The opening scene of Fambul Tok is as powerful as any documentary could hope for.” SXSW Review

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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