Reality Beyond Reality TV | 7th Annual Documentary Series

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7th Annual Documentary Series

Reality Beyond Reality TV

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 3, 2005, Kerr McGee Auditorium, 2 PM

Lucy Walker’s Devil’s Playground, USA (2002), 77 min

Given the choice, how many young people would endure eighteenth century religious strictures when they could indulge in twenty-first century pleasures? Amish youth are given just such a choice. On turning sixteen, they experience Rumspringa, a rite that literally means “running around.” These youth are turned loose to experience the outside world until they can decide whether or not to commit to a lifetime within the community. With this freedom come many conflicting emotions: full-blown teenage mayhem coupled with deep religious roots. Devil’s Playground follows four Amish teenagers through this experience. Unlike one of the Reality TV exploitive fads, director Walker makes the first film to get inside the Amish community, revolutionizing our understanding of this unique American subculture. Winner of many awards, including Best Documentary Grand Prize from the American Film Institute Festival and the Audience Award at the Sarasota Film Festival.

April 17, 2005, Kerr McGee Auditorium, 2 PM

Jose Padilha’s Bus 174, Brazil (2003), 122 min

June 12, 2000, is a day that will forever be remembered by the people of Brazil. Early that morning, as the citizens of Rio de Janeiro woke up and made their way to work and school, a dangerous hijacking took place on a bus near the city’s historic botanical gardens. A lone gunman, seemingly insane or under the influence of narcotics, held his victims captive as authorities–and television cameras–surrounded the parked bus. Unable to determine his motives or purpose, the authorities stood their ground and tried to talk the hijacker into giving himself up. Meanwhile, the television cameras recorded every second with shocking intimacy, capturing the attention of the entire nation for the duration of the standoff. Based on extensive research and stock footage, interviews and official documents, Bus 174 is the careful investigation of the hijacker, his childhood on the streets, and how he became a bandit. MPAA Rating: R

May 1, 2005, Kerr McGee Auditorium, 2 PM

Buddy Squires’ Listening to Children: A Moral Journey with Robert Coles, USA (1995), 87 min

How does a child grow up to become a good person? What values guide youth through the inevitable struggles of becoming an adult? How do parents pass on inner strength to their children? These are the questions Pulitzer Prize-winning author and gifted child psychiatrist Robert Coles explores in his anthropological study of growing up. Coles has studied children in crisis around the world for forty years. He has examined their concerns in relation to race, poverty, loneliness, and morality. For the first time, he grants access to a filmmaker to record how he studies the lives of eight youth who are struggling to cope with an all too-turbulent world. Each of them must draw upon inner resources to come to terms with such issues as deteriorating families and neighborhoods, alcoholism, affluence, the uncertainties of migrant life, AIDS, racism, and riots.


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.