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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 2013: Fifteenth Annual Documentary Film Series

Sundays, 2:00 PM, Moot Court Room 100, Sarkeys Law Center

4/7/2013, Precious Life, Shlomi Eldar, USA & Israel(2010), 90

An Israeli journalist confronts the personal ramifications of life in Gaza in this deeply moving, award-winning documentary about courage and the fight for the life of a child. When a four-month-old Palestinian boy needs a bone marrow transplant to live—a procedure that can only be performed in an Israeli hospital—his mother finds herself caught between the desire to protect her son and harsh criticism from her community. An Israeli pediatrician finds himself in a comparable dilemma. A powerful appeal for peace, Precious Life explores the challenges and prejudices that must be overcome when people of conflicting nations attempt to put aside their differences for a greater cause. Winner of the best documentary award from the Israeli Film Academy in 2010 and shown at numerous prestigious film festivals all over the world.

-“The brilliance of this feature-length debut lies in its tough-mindedness. When Muhammad's mother cautiously hints at her hostile feelings toward Israel and Jews, Eldar never flinches from bringing them out into the open, however stunning they prove to be. An enthralling experience.” Wall Street Journal
-“The film has as much tension as a good thriller and more honest emotion than most Hollywood tear-jerkers. And it's suffused with moral intelligence.” Hollywood Reporter
-“Eye-opening and often devastating, this documentary challenges audiences to confront and question their own biases and assumptions.” FILMINK (Australia)
-“A complex human and political drama.” Los Angeles Times
-“This raw film reflects the Middle East I know—one full of amazing compassion, even among enemies, and breathtaking cruelty, even among neighbors. How about everybody take a deep breath, watch this documentary about the real Middle East, and if you still want to be a critic (as I do), be a constructive one. A lot more Israelis and Palestinians will listen to you.” Thomas Friedman, NY Times
-“One of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen. When the screening ended the crowd just sat there. The film entered their gut. And mine too. After four minutes of silence the endless clapping began.” Sundance Observer

4/21/2013, How To Die In Oregon, Peter Richardson, USA(2011), 107

In 1994, Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. As a result, any individual whom two physicians diagnose as having less than six months to live can lawfully request a fatal dose of barbiturate to end his or her life. Since 1994, more than 500 Oregonians have taken their mortality into their own hands. In this acclaimed film, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, director Richardson gently enters the lives of the terminally ill as they consider whether–-and when–-to end their lives by lethal overdose. Richardson examines both sides of this complex, emotionally charged issue. What emerges is a life-affirming, staggeringly powerful portrait of what it means to die with dignity.

-“Two Thumbs Up.” Ebert Presents at the Movies
-“Aptly harrowing but inspiring as well exquisite.” Variety
-One of the most historically significant documentaries of this still-young century.” Chicago Sun-Times
-“At Sundance there are buzz movies, and then there are ones that everyone clears a space around and discusses in hushed tones.” The Boston Globe
-“Rather than launching head-on into the often-contentious controversy surrounding attempts to pass similar laws in other states, Richardson provides viewers with well-grounded insight on the often difficult decisions that patients, supported by their doctors, have to make in ending their own lives.” Hollywood Reporter

4/28/2013, They Call It Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain, Robert H. Lieberman, USA(2012), 88

Shot clandestinely over a three-year period in the second-most isolated country on the planet, Burma, They Call It Myanmar lifts the curtain to expose the everyday life in a land that has been held in the iron grip of a brutal military regime for 48 years. Culled from over 200 hours of striking images, the film interweaves spectacular footage of this little-seen nation with interactions with its people, including an interview with the recently released Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. Though Burma has tumbled from being one of the world’s most prosperous and advanced countries in Southeast Asia to being one of the world’s poorest, the film shows a country and people of beauty, courage and hope.

-“A thing of beauty: its cinematography, music and contemplative words make it not an angry documentary but more a hymn to a land that has grown out of the oldest cultures in Asia.” Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
-“The film provides one of the ultimate functions of a documentary, taking us into the life and culture of a people most of us would never know. . . . Not just interesting, but timely.” San Francisco Examiner
-“It still works, so buoyed is the film by its open and honest take on a subject that would have been all too easy to turn into another marketable tragedy.” Village Voice
-“The documentary is as quietly enthralling as Myanmar’s people. Variously tough and poetic. . . , Lieberman possesses a warm and genuine curiosity.” Los Angeles Times
-“There are a number of quietly startling moments . . . a solid and subtly moving portrait of the people of Burma. . . . Lieberman manages to capture the country’s beauty, along with the proud perseverance of its people.” The Washington Post

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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