Living In the Truth | 6th Annual Documentary Series

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6th Annual Documentary Series

Living In the Truth

Sundays, 2 PM, Kerr McGee Auditorium in the Meinders School of Business
NW 27th Street and McKinley 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 4, 2004, Kerr McGee Auditorium, 2 PM

Carma Hinton & Richard Gordon’s The Gate of Heavenly Peace, USA (1995), 150 min

In the spring of 1989, Chinese students and workers occupied Beijing’s Tiananmen Square and began the largest nonviolent protest in China’s history. At the height of the movement, over one million people marched in the streets of Beijing. Witnessed on television by millions around the world, the Tiananmen protests were one of the most watched, yet least understood stories of our time. The Gate of Heavenly Peace revisits these events and explores the complex political process that led to the protests and eventual Beijing massacre of June 4th. The directors spent six years investigating this important and intriguing story and interviewing scholars as well as participants in the events.

April 18, 2004, Kerr McGee Auditorium, 2 PM

Jocelyn Glatzer’s The Flute Player, USA (2003), 53 min

Nearly thirty years ago, Pol Pot overtook Cambodia and over one million perished in the Khmer Rouge’s brutal “killing fields.” Many others were forced into unspeakable acts in order to survive. Arn Chorn Pond is one of these survivors. Now, after living in the United States for twenty years, Arn is a musician and activist traveling the country and giving lectures on human rights. He is also on a mission to reconcile the demons of his past. The Flute Player chronicles his return to Cambodia, where he has begun a master musician project to revive the traditional music that was lost under the Khmer Rouge. A complex and moving film, it reveals the history and tradition lost to Arn’s generation and the search for healing and forgiveness in a country wounded by war.

May 2, 2004, Kerr McGee Auditorium, 2 PM

Stephanie Black’s Life and Debt, USA (2001), 86 min

Playing to sold out crowds in New York City, Black’s acclaimed film presents a distinctive view of Jamaica, land of sand, sea and sun. The film looks at the poverty of this small island nation that has had twenty-five years of help from the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. How has Jamaica faired with the policies of globalization and free trade intended to bring Third World nations into the fold of free-market economies? Supporting the view that restructuring policies have crippled Jamaica’s efforts toward self-reliant development while enriching its lenders, Black shows us a view of this “new world order” from the point of view of Jamaican sweatshop workers and farmers as well as government and policy officials. The film also features a dynamic reggae soundtrack with Bob Marley and a searing voice over based on text by Jamaica Kincaid.


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.