OCU Film Series Returns ‘Beyond Religion’

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City University Film Institute’s series will open its 33rd year at 2 p.m. Sept. 28 withKore-eda Hirokazu’s “Like Father, Like Son” in the Kerr McGee Auditorium of Meinders School of Business. The school is located at N.W. 27th Street and McKinley Avenue.
Admission to all eight films in the series is free. The series is supported in part by the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Endowment Fund and endowments through OCU and the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.
The theme of this year’s season is based on a book by the Dali Lama titled “Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World.”Harbour Winn, director of the series, said the theme is intended to help participants consider the benefits of religion in offering moral guidance and meaning for life.
“The Dali Lama thinks that in ‘today’s secular world religion alone is no longer adequate as a basis for ethics’ because many people no longer follow the belief system of any religion,” Winn said. “In addition, in today’s globalized world of multicultural traditions, ethics based on only one religion would appeal only to some of us. Firmly believing that moral values cannot be imposed from outside, he searches for a way of thinking about ethics and spirituality beyond religion.”
The family drama “Like Father, Like Son” won the Jury Prize at the 2013 Cannes film festival. It is about two babies who are switched soon after birth in a Japanese hospital. The two sets of parents from different socio-economic classes then question their own values and must choose between nature and nurture, a decision that will change their lives forever.
A critique in the Wall Street Journal stated: “‘Like Father, Like Son’ has still more on its mind—a vision of a Japan in which work will be balanced with leisure and love.”
This film’s screening is timed to connect with Marian Wright Edelman’s Sept. 24 presentation on campus as part of the OCU Distinguished Speaker Series. Edelman is a children’s advocate and was a legal advisor to Martin Luther King Jr.
A discussion session follows each film screening for those who wish to participate.  Other dates and films in the series are:
* Oct. 12, Thomas Vinterberg’s “The Hunt”
* Oct. 26, Joon-ho Bong’s “Memories of Murder”
* Nov. 9, Christian Petzold’s “Barbara”
* Jan. 25, Jia Zhangke’s “A Touch of Sin”
* Feb. 8, Asghar Farhadi’s “The Past”
* Feb. 22, Francois Truffaut’s “The Story of Adele H.”
* March 8, Anthony Chen’s “Ilo Ilo”
For more information about the series, call (405) 208-5472 or visit www.okcu.edu/film-lit.
Contact: Rod Jones
Assistant Director of Media Relations
Communications and Marketing Department
(405) 208-5347 or rod.jones@okcu.edu