Beliefs that Challenge; The Challenge of Belief | 4th Annual Documentary Series

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4th Annual Documentary Series

Beliefs that Challenge; The Challenge of Belief

Sundays, 2 PM, Jones Auditorium in the Noble Center Business School
NW 23rd and Blackwelder Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73106
A discussion session follows each film for those who wish to stay
Free Admission, Donations Appreciated
Director: Dr. Harbour Winn,
For More Information, Call (405) 208-5472


April 14, 2002, Jones Auditorium, 2 PM

Davis Guggenheim’s The First Year, USA (2001), 80 min

As our politicians and the press argue the merits of countless school reforms, it is our teachers who enter the classroom every day and fight the real fight of educating our children, one child at a time. The First Year shows the determination of five novice teachers as they struggle to survive their first year in America’s toughest schools. Intense and emotional, the film cuts through the rhetoric of the national debate about education to remind us what is real: the powerful relationship between a teacher and a student.

April 28, 2002, Jones Auditorium, 2 PM

Tom Shephard’s Scout’s Honor, USA (2001), 57 min

Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival, Scout’s Honor traces the conflict between the anti-gay policies of the Boy Scouts of America and the broad-based movement by many of its members to overturn them. The film also chronicles how a 12-year-old straight scout, inspired by the values he learned in scouting, stands up for his personal beliefs and launches a grassroots plan to impact the lives of boys and scouting. Winner of the Sundance Freedom of Expression Award as well as the Grand Prize for Nonfiction Film at the USA Film Festival.

May 3, 2002, Jones Auditorium, 2 PM

Mark Jonathan Harris’s Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransporter, USA (2000), 117 min

Stories of the Kindertransport, USA (2000), 117 min. In the months before World War II, an extraordinary rescue operation aided the youngest victims of Nazi terror. Ten thousand Jewish and other children were transported from German-held lands to foster homes and hostels in Great Britain. Some of the children built new family ties; some endured the Blitz; some even found ways to liberate their own parents. Filled with rare archival footage, the film features gripping remembrances by the child survivors, rescuers, and parents of the heroic Kindertransport. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature Film, 2000.


Admission to the film series is free, but donations help sustain the Institute’s mission. Donations can be made at each film or mailed to the OCU Film Institute Endowment at Oklahoma City University or the OCU Film Institute’s Designated Endowment in the Community Foundation of the Kirkpatrick Family Fund. Oklahoma City University and the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Endowment Fund for the university’s Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film and Literature also support the Institute.