25th Annual Film Series
From Patriarchy to Democracy: Charting a New Path for Love
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
For More Information, Contact Leslie Berger at (405) 208-5472
October 8, 2006, Petree Recital Hall, 2 PM
Marc Rothemund’s Sophie Scholl: The Final Days, Germany (2005), 117 Min.
The true story of an anti-Nazi heroine, this film recounts Sophie Scholl’s final six days in 1943 from her capture after working with the underground White Rose resistance group to her trial and sentence. The film won three German Oscars and two Silver Bears at the 2005 Berlin International Film Festival, and features Julia Jentsch as Sophie Scholl.
October 22, 2006, Petree Recital Hall, 2 PM
Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai, Japan (1954), 207 Min.
Consistently voted one of the greatest films of all time, Kurosawa’s masterpiece focuses on the tumultuous tale of seven masterless samurai warriors hired by peasants to defend their village from pillaging bandits in 16th century Japan.
November 5, 2006, Kerr McGee Auditorium, 2 PM
Andres Wood’s Machuca, Chile (2004), 121 Min.
This coming-of-age story is set among political turmoil in 1973 Chile and is told through the eyes of a 12-year-old boy named Gonzalo. Gonzalo forms a friendship with Machuca, a poor child from the bowels of Santiago, who introduces him to grassroots political efforts. The boys’ friendship is tested by their class differences and the heavy political climate that surrounds them.
November 19, 2006, Kerr McGee Auditorium, 2 PM
Mohammad Rasoulof’s Iron Island, Iran (2004), 90 Min.
Set aboard a sinking oil tanker, “Iron Island” relates the story of homeless families in the Persian Gulf who live amid a mini society they create on Capt. Nemat’s (Ali Nasirian) boat. Capt. Nemat’s tenants labor on the ship, drawing oil out of the tanks and floating it to shore in half-filled barrels. Themes of love and self liberation surface as the lessons in survival unfold.
January 21, 2007, Petree Recital Hall, 2 PM
Federico Fellini’s Amarcord, Italy (1974), 127 Min.
In “Amarcord,” which translates to “Do You Remember,” Fellini roams through his recollections of growing up in a small town in 1930s Italy. The film stresses a series of episodes connected with the cycle of the seasons. Fellini recalls the rites of spring that bring adolescents, voluptuous women and deranged families to the central square. This loving recreation of a vanished time and place brought Fellini his greatest popular success and fourth Best Foreign Film Oscar.
February 4, 2007, Petree Recital Hall, 2 PM
Francois Truffaut’s Jules and Jim, France (1961), 105 Min.
Based on a novel by Henri-Pierre Roche, “Jules and Jim” follows the lifelong friendship between a French novelist, Jim, played by Henri Serre, and an Austrian children’s author, Jules, played by Oskar Werner. The story, which begins in 1920s Paris, escalates into a love triangle between the two friends and Catherine, played by Jeanne Moreau. As conflicts arise, more complications ensue. The film’s artistic black and white imagery enhances the tale of friendship and compassion. The film also ranks as perhaps the most illustrative film of the French New Wave.
February 18, 2007, Kerr McGee Auditorium, 2 PM
Julie Bertucelli’s Since Otar Left, Republic of Georgia (2003), 99 Min.
Winner of the prestigious Critics’ Week grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and featuring a trio of stunning performances, Bertucelli’s exquisite film is a bittersweet tale of deception and affection. Three Georgian women – a strong-willed 90-year-old matriarch, her long suffering daughter and a rebellious granddaughter – all live together in their stately-yet-crumbling apartment in contemporary Tbilisi. Bertucelli deftly spins the delicate threads of familial conflict and maternal love into a bewitching tangle of intergenerational duplicity.
March 4, 2007, Kerr McGee Auditorium, 2 PM
Lu Chuan’s Mountain Patrol: Kekexili, China (2004), 89 Min.
Set in the rugged expanse of the remote, high-altitude Kekexili region of China’s Tibetan Plateau, “Mountain Patrol” emerges as a spectacular tale of survival and morality. Based on a true story in the 1990s surrounding the efforts of local volunteers to preserve the endangered Tibetan antelope against merciless poachers, the film follows a Beijing reporter as he joins a group of vigilante patrollers to report on their work. The film is co-produced by the National Geographic Society.
A date for screening the Turkish film “Journey to the Sun” by Yesim Ustaglu will be announced to coincide with a Fulbright Scholar from Turkey who will be in residence at OCU during the winter.
The OCU Film Institute offers the university and the greater Oklahoma City community the opportunity to view classic and contemporary international films. Donations help sustain the institute’s mission and are much appreciated. Since 1983, the institute has screened eight to 10 films per year. In 1996, the Oklahoma Humanities Council gave the institute one of four awards for excellence in humanities programming during the past 25 years in Oklahoma. The film series is supported by OCU, the OCU Film Institute Endowment, the Designated Endowment in the Kirkpatrick Family Fund at the Community Foundation and the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Endowment for the Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film and Literature.