OCU Documentary Series Embraces World Change

Monday, March 05, 2007
Contact: Leslie Berger
Communications and Marketing Writer

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City University will launch its Ninth Annual Documentary Film Series April 1 with “Emmanuel’s Gift.” Two other films will be featured during the month of April as part of the series themed “Won to One: Creative Responses.”
“Emmanuel’s Gift,” a 2005 USA film by Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern relates the powerful story of a disabled orphan from Ghana who rises above poverty and physical challenge to become an inspiration to people around the world. His first heroic act was to ride a bicycle across Ghana
with one leg. Continuing to travel around the world to spread awareness, he won the prestigious Arthur Ashe Courage Award. The film is narrated by Oprah Winfrey.
The second film in the series, “Occupied Minds,” will be shown April 15. The 2006 U.S. film by Jamal Dajani and David Michaelis follows the filmmakers and journalists on a trip to Jerusalem, their mutual birthplace, to interview a variety of individuals searching for unique insights into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Dajani, a Palestinian-American journalist, and Michaelis, an Israeli journalist, interview an Israeli soldier about his military training, a Palestinian on Israel’s most wanted list, an Israeli surgeon who lost his eyesight in a suicide bombing and others.
“Nobelity” will round out the series April 29. The 2006 U.S. film by Turk Pipkin follows the filmmaker’s personal journey to find answers about the planet 50 years from now. Pipkin explores the kind of world his children and grandchildren will know. Featuring such distinguished
Nobel Prize winning notables as Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Jody Williams, of the International Campaign to Ban Land Mines, the film offers a powerful look at the world’s most pressing problems.
All films begin at 2 p.m. in the Kerr McGee Auditorium at the Meinders School of Business. The screenings are free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Harbour Winn, Ph.D., director of OCU’s Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film and Literature at 208-5472 or hwinn@okcu.edu. Information also is available at www.okcu.edu/film-lit.