Oklahoma City University News
Film Series is Beyond Belief
The topic of a film series at Oklahoma City University this fall borrows the theme from the popular and inspirational public radio program-turned book, “This I Believe.”
“This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women” is a book based on a National Public Radio series.
The film series begins at 2 p.m. Sept. 27 with Fatih Akin’s “The Edge of Heaven” in the Kerr McGee Auditorium in the Meinders School of Business. Admission to all sessions is free, but donations to the OCU Film Institute will be accepted.
“The Edge of Heaven” intertwines different sets of German and Turkish characters in a structure that has been compared to “Crash,” “Magnolia” and “Babel.” The 2007 German film was nominated for the Golden Palm and won Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival.
The L.A. Times called it a “story about generational expectations and cultural shifts… raises questions it can't answer, which makes it only more powerful.”
Harbour Winn, director of OCU’s Film Institute, said the theme offers thought-provoking looks into the human condition.
“We learn a lot about people when they tell us, in their own words, what they believe,” Winn said. “These stories dive into their deepest thoughts. Through this exploration we also learn a lot about humanity as a whole.”
He said the book will “provide direction and reflection for our cross-cultural study.” It will be available for purchase at the film showings.
The Meinders School of Business is located at N.W. 27th Street and McKinley Avenue.
Each film in the series will begin at 2 p.m. A discussion of the film will follow. Other films and dates in the series include:
• Jia Zhang Ke’s “Still Life,” Oct. 11
• Maria Novaro’s “Danzon,” Oct. 25
• Nikita Mikhalkov’s “12,” Nov. 8
• Ingmar Bergman’s “Fanny and Alexander,” Jan. 24
• Quan An Wang’s “Tuya’s Marriage,” Feb. 7
• Majid Majidi’s “Song of Sparrows,” Feb. 21
• Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s “Lorna’s Silence,” March 7