Finding Selfhood Through Exploring One’s Own History | 27th Annual Film Series

27th Annual Film Series

Finding Selfhood Through Exploring One’s Own History

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: Mitzi McGuire
For More Information, Call (405) 208-5472


September 20, 2008, Kerr McGee Auditorium, 2 PM

Zhang Yimou’s To Live, China (1994), 125 Min.

Zhang returns to this season’s line up with a film that gives an epic portrayal of one family’s trials, triumphs and tragedies through the stormy decades of Chairman Mao’s Great Leap Forward of the 1950s and the Cultural Revolution of the late 1960s.

October 6, 2008, Kerr McGee Auditorium, 2 PM

Eran Riklis’ The Syrian Bride, Israel (2004), 97 Min.

The Syrian Bride is set on the sun-baked border of the Israeli occupied Golan Heights between Israel and Syria, a no man’s land that a young bride must cross in order to meet her anxious groom to begin a new life and to never again be reunited with her homeland. Never has a political drama been more personal.

October 12, 2008, Kerr McGee Auditorium, 2 PM

Majid Majidi’s Father, Iran (1996), 96 Min.

The film tells the story of a young boy, Mehrollah, who leaves home after his father’s death to find work to support his mother and three younger sisters. When Mehrollah returns home he finds that his mother has remarried and embarks on one of life’s odysseys that is at the heart of great storytelling.

November 9, 2008, Kerr McGee Auditorium, 2 PM

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s L’Enfant, Belgium (2005), 95 Min.

L’Enfant tells the story of Bruno and Sonia, a young couple living in a Belgian steel town who survive on welfare checks and petty theft until Sonia becomes pregnant. The couple is now thrust into a kinetic journey reminiscent of Hitchcock as they move through sin and salvation in a spellbinding thriller some have called a gritty modern day fairy tale.

January 25, 2009, Kerr McGee Auditorium, 2 PM

Wim Wenders’ Paris, Texas, Germany (1984), 147 Min.

A haunting tale of a man found wandering aimlessly along the Texas-Mexican border and his struggle to discover and rebuild his shattered life. Featuring a story by Sam Shepard and a renowned score by Ry Coder, the film stars Harry Dean Stanton, Nastassja Kinski and Dean Stockwell in perhaps their most memorable performances.

February 8, 2009, Kerr McGee Auditorium, 2 PM

Christian Mungiu’ 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days, Romania (2007), 113 Min.

During the final days of communism in Romania, two college roommates have 24 hours to make the ultimate choice as they finalize arrangements for an illegal abortion. Unwittingly, both find themselves burrowing deep down a rabbit hole of unexpected revelations.

February 22, 2009, Kerr McGee Auditorium, 2 PM

Victor Erice’s The Spirit of the Beehive, Spain (1973), 95 Min.

The year is 1940 and the Spanish Civil War has just ended with the francoist victory over the Republic. In a remote Castilian village, seven-year-old Ana emerges from a screening of Frakenstein full of dreams and fantasies. All the mystery and yearning of adult existence is distilled in the vision of this lovely, introverted child. Erice dissolves the barrier between reality and hallucination, investing everyday signs with a significance that resonates long after the film is over.

March 8, 2009, Kerr McGee Auditorium, 2 PM

Emanuele Crialese’s Golden Door, Italy (2006), 118 Min.

One man, driven by fantastic dreams, takes his family on an epic odyssey in search of a brand new world. Backed by Martin Scorcese, Golden Door recreates the classic tale of coming to America with a romantic fable that takes audiences into the very heart of this quintessential American experience.

A discussion session will follow each screening and participants are encouraged to check out Alice Miller’s “The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self” to help supplement direction and reflection for cross-cultural film study. The book will be available at the film screenings and at Full Circle Bookstore.

Admission to the film series is free to the public. Donations to help sustain the institute’s mission are appreciated. Donations can be made at each film, mailed to the OCU Film Institute Endowment or to 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.