The Song Has Its Way | 16th Annual Documentary Series

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16th Annual Documentary Series

The Song Has Its Way

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, hwinn@okcu.edu
For More Information, Call (405) 208-5472

 

March 30, 2014, Kerr McGee Auditorium, 2 PM

Emma Joan Morris’s Something Within Me, USA (1993), 61 min

Winner of the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award, Filmmakers Trophy, Special Jury Prize. The teachers and principal of St. Augustine’s school, located in the poorest section of the South Bronx, decide to commit to an arts curriculum where the arts, and especially music, are treated with the importance of any other academic subject. In the ensuing six years, enrollment triples, and reading and math scores improve dramatically. Told through interviews with students, teachers, and parents—with footage of the classroom, rehearsal, and performance.

April 13, 2014, Kerr McGee Auditorium, 2 PM

Rob and Lisa Fruchtman’s Sweet Dreams, Rwanda & USA (2013), 84 min.

Rwanda’s first and only all-women’s drumming troupe is called Ingoma Nshya. Made up of women from both sides of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the troupe offers a place of support, healing and reconciliation. When the group decides to partner with two young American entrepreneurs of Brooklyn’s Blue Marble Ice Cream and open Rwanda’s first- ever ice cream shop, these remarkable Rwandan women embark on a journey of independence, peace and possibility. The film interweaves intimate stories with joyous and powerful music to present a moving portrait of a country in transition.

April 27, 2014, Kerr McGee Auditorium, 2 PM

Malik Bendjelloul’s Searching for Sugar Man, USA (2012), 86 min.

Tells the incredible true story of Sixto Rodriguez, the greatest ’70s rock icon who never was. Discovered in a Detroit bar in the late ’60s by two celebrated producers struck by his soulful melodies and prophetic lyrics, they recorded an album which they believed would secure his reputation as the greatest recording artist of his generation. But the album bombed and the singer disappeared into obscurity. Unknown to Rodriguez, a bootleg recording found its way into apartheid South Africa and, over the next two decades, he became a phenomenon. The film follows the story of two South African fans who set out to discover what really happened to their hero. Their investigation leads them to a story more extraordinary than any of the existing myths about the artist known as Rodriguez. Oscar winner for Best Documentary, as well as equivalent awards around the world.

 

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.