The Gift of Resilience: Character Development and Endurance | 3rd Annual Documentary Series

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3rd Annual Documentary Series

The Gift of Resilience: Character Development and Endurance

Sundays, 2 PM, Jones Auditorium in the Noble Center Business School
NW 23rd and 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,
For More Information, Call (405) 208-5472


March 25, 2001, Jones Auditorium, 2 PM

Allan & Susan Raymond’s Children in War, USA (1999), 108 min

In the past ten years two million children have been killed in increasingly brutal wars and ethnic or religious conflicts. Academy Award winning directors Alan and Susan Raymond explore this topic through the voices of children in Israel, Bosnia, Rwanda, and Northern Ireland. Their stories, drawings, and cinematic images tell us of atrocities they have witnessed, losses they have suffered, and hopes that still prevail. The directors spent two years in these four countries recording the firsthand, candid accounts of the children we see and hear.

April 8, 2001, Jones Auditorium, 2 PM

S.R. Bindler’s Hands on a Hard Body, USA (1997), 97 min

The best documentaries often focus on subjects that seem on the surface to have no broad appeal. Director Bindler takes us into an annual human endurance contest with the result being one of the funniest and most involving films of any year. At a Nissan dealership in Longview, Texas, 24 people are gathered around a brand new “Hard Body” pickup truck. Whoever can stand upright the longest with his or her hand on the truck will drive it home. Hands on a Hard Body captures the next several days of lunacy, laughter, and heartbreak. A film that will make you laugh and cry! “Best Documentary” winner from the Boston Society of Film Critics to the Los Angeles International Film Festival.

April 22, 2001, Jones Auditorium, 2 PM

Josh Aronson’s Sound and Fury, USA (2000), 80 min

Nominated for “Best Documentary” in this year’s Oscar competition, Sound and Fury takes us inside the seldom seen world of the deaf to witness a family struggle over a controversial medical technology called the cochlear implant. Some family members celebrate the implant as a long overdue cure for deafness while others fear it will destroy their language and way of life. This documentary explores this seemingly irreconcilable conflict as it illuminates the ongoing struggle among deaf people today. Out of director Aronson’s candor emerges a rare and intimate portrait of the deaf that forces all viewers to re-examine their definitions of personal identity, disability, culture and community.

April 29, 2001, Jones Auditorium, 2 PM

Daniel Keplinger’s King Gimp, USA (1999), 47 min

Winner of the Oscar last year, King Gimp follows Don Keplinger for thirteen years as he moves from a special elementary school for those with cerebral palsy to the mainstream. Unable to communicate easily with words, Keplinger’s emotional life explodes on canvas when he discovers art. Soon we realize that even though most people think that “gimp” means someone with a lame walk, it also means a “fighting spirit.” Like the Irish painter Christy Brown, memorialized by Daniel Day-Lewis’s bravura performance in My Left Foot, Keplinger shows how the contact of a paint brush and a canvas steady him.


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.