Beyond Polarization: The Transfomative Power of Reconciliation | 23rd Annual Film Series

23rd Annual Film Series

Beyond Polarization: The Transfomative Power of Reconciliation

Sundays, 2 PM
2501 N 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, | Coordinator: Sandeep Prabhu
For More Information, Call (405) 208-5472


October 3, 2004, Kerr McGee Auditorium, 2 PM

Wolfgang Becker’s Good Bye, Lenin!, Poland (2013), 121 Min.

Featuring a rich investment in the characters and their relationships, Sight and Sound called this film a “witty, thought provoking and ultimately moving tragicomedy,” A winner of six European Film Awards and nine German Film Awards, including Best Film and Best Director, “Good Bye, Lenin!” sets the tone for the upcoming films in the OCU series.

October 17, 2004, Kerr McGee Auditorium, 2 PM

Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne’s The Son, Poland (2002), 99 Min.

October 31, 2004, Kerr McGee Auditorium, 2 PM

Humberto Solas’s Honey For Oshun, Cuba (2001), 123 Min.

November 14, 2004, Kerr McGee Auditorium, 2 PM

Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding, India (2001), 114 Min.

January 23, 2005, Kerr McGee Auditorium, 2 PM

Ingmar Bergman’s Autumn Sonata, Sweden (1974), 99 Min.

An intense chamber drama, Autumn Sonata focuses around a famed international concert pianist whose reunion with her daughter quickly deteriorates from excitement into one long evening confronting unresolved ill feelings from the past.

February 6, 2005, Kerr McGee Auditorium, 2 PM

Babak Payami’s Secret Ballot, Iran (2001), 123 Min.

Secret Ballot presents a unique Iranian take on a comedy based on a story idea by Mohsen Makhmalbaf. Receiving many international film honors including the UNICEF Award, the story follows a female polling official who is collecting votes through remote villages on election day. She is accompanied by a disgruntled military border guard. The plot finds the humor and the humanity in Iran’s struggle towards democratic reform and the even more difficult road women must travel there.

February 20, 2005, Kerr McGee Auditorium, 2 PM

Andrey Zvyagintsev’s The Return, Russia (2003), 105 Min.

March 6, 2005, Kerr McGee Auditorium, 2 PM

Zhang Yimou’s Happy Times, China (2002), 102 Min.


The book “God Has a Dream: A Vision of Hope for Mankind” by Archbishop Desmond Tutu will provide direction and reflection for the cross-cultural study of the film institute’s program. The book will be available at the film showings and from Full Circle Bookstore.

Admission to the film series is free. Donations to help sustain the Film Institute’s mission are needed and appreciated and can be made to the OCU Film Institute Endowment Fund, the Designated Endowment in the Community Foundation of the Kirkpatrick Family Fund or at the door of the Petree Center as you attend the showings. Support of the Film Institute also comes from OCU and the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Endowment Fund for the university’s Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film and Literature.

Celebrating a century of scholarship and service, Oklahoma City University is a comprehensive, private United Methodist university with a liberal arts core curriculum. In a culturally rich environment, our students pursue academic excellence through a rigorous curriculum that focuses on their intellectual, moral, and spiritual development to prepare them to become effective leaders in service to their communities.