Myth and Imagination: Shaping Meaning | 26th Annual Film Series

26th Annual Film Series

Myth and Imagination: Shaping Meaning

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: Bryan Kimmey
For More Information, Call (405) 208-5472


September 30, 2007, Petree Recital Hall, 2 PM

Zhang Yimou’s Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles, Hong Kong (2006), 107 Min.

The film tells the story of a Japanese father’s journey across China’s heartland to seek reconciliation with his estranged son. The film features vast backdrops of the remote and mysterious Yunman province and showcases legendary Japanese actor Ken Takakura, often called the John Wayne of Japan.

October 14, 2007, Petree Recital Hall, 2 PM

Rolf de Heer’s Ten Canoes, Australia (2006), 90 Min.

Ten Canoes is set centuries ago in mythical times. The film begins with a narrator telling a parable about the forbidden love from Australia’s past, centuries before European settlement. A tragic-comedy in the Ganalbingu language of the remote Arafura Swamp region of northeastern Australia, Ten Canoes is the first major feature film completely shot in an indigenous Aboriginal language. The entire cast is indigenous to the swamp region of the setting and was also responsible for making all the traditional artifacts needed for the film, such as bark canoes, spears and dwellings.

October 28, 2007, Petree Recital Hall, 2 PM

Luis Mandoki’s Innocent Voices, Mexico (2004), 120 Min.

Mandoki bases his film on the reminiscences of screenwriter Oscar Orlando Torres, who came of age during El Salvador’s 12-year Civil War, from 1980 to 1992, between the National Liberation Front and the right-wing government. The conflict left 75,000 dead and sent a million exiles to other parts of the world. The film focuses on Chava, an 11-year-old boy who tries to have a normal childhood by desperately struggling to avoid becoming a child soldier in the conflict.

November 11, 2007, Petree Recital Hall, 2 PM

Pascal Plisson’s Masai: The Rain Warriors, Kenya (2004), 94 Min.

In this first film to be solely populated by real-life Masai and spoken entirely in their native tongue, the tribe finds itself faced with a drought that endangers the continuity of their people.

January 20, 2008, Petree Recital Hall, 2 PM

Luis Bunuel’s The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, France (1972), 102 Min.

The most requested film on the evaluation forms from last year’s series and Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film and screenplay, The Discreet Charm of Bourgeoisie is a brilliant surrealistic joke about a group of friends whose attempts to dine are continually thwarted. Bunuel’s satiric surrealist masterpiece depicts and upper class sextet confronted by a vaudevillian mixture of events, both actual and imagined.

February 3, 2008, Petree Recital Hall, 2 PM

Gulshat Omarova’s Schizo, Kazakhstan (2004), 86 Min.

Schizo is set in the early 1990s shortly after the USSR dissolved giving Kazakhstan an uncertain independence. Omarova assembles an oblique narrative portrait of a rural industrial society running on fumes.

February 17, 2008, Petree Recital Hall, 2 PM

Nguyen-Vo Nghiem-Minh’s Buffalo Boy, Vietnam (2004), 98 Min.

Set in 1840 in rural southern Vietnam, the powerful coming-of-age tale renders a richly textured reflection on the rhythms of daily life. The flooded landscape of Vietnam’s Mekong Delta and Seven Mountains of Ca Mau Province serve as a backdrop for the mythic story of a relationship between a father and son, the cycles of life, and the inescapable flow of all things.

March 2, 2008, Petree Recital Hall, 2 PM

Penny Panayotopoulou’s Hard Goodbyes: My Father, Greece (2002), 113 Min.

Hard Goodbyes: My Father is set in Athens and Panayotopoulou’s emotionally charged drama focuses on a family barely functioning because of the frequent absences of the husband and father, whose work as a traveling salesman keeps him away from home much of the time.


A discussion will follow each screening. Karen Armstrong’s “A Short History of Myth” will provide direction and reflection for the cross-cultural study of the films. The book will be available at each film showing and at Full Circle Bookstore.

The films are free to the public, but donations to help sustain the institute’s mission are much needed and appreciated. Donations 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. 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.