Chasm and Bridges | 5th Annual Documentary Series

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5th Annual Documentary Series

Walls and Bridges

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 30, 2003, Jones Auditorium, 2 PM

Michael Apted’s Inspirations, USA (1997), 100 min

How do artists get ideas? Director Apted, of the acclaimed series 7-Up that documents a group of British schoolchildren at seven year intervals, explores the creative process of seven diverse artists from the famous (the late Roy Lichtenstein, David Bowie) to the more obscure (Pueblo sculptor Nora Narango-Morse, French Canadian dancer Louise Lecavalier). They discuss why they became artists and what it means to create as both a daily routine and a lifelong passion. Apted neatly avoids the usual talking-head format of documentaries by focusing on very visual subjects. Narango-Morse digs mud from the mountains and works it between her toes, glass artist Dale Chihuly instructs urban kids as they turn molten mass into colorful creations, and Lecavalier and partner dance in dramatic staccato, choreographed by film subject Edouard Lock. Revelations are surprising, such as when Bowie extols the calm of waking at dawn since he quit drinking and drugging, and candid, such as when Japanese architect Tadao Ando confesses that the ugliness of his home city Osaka inspired him to add beauty and spirituality to his designs, the most recent being the new Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth.

April 13, 2003, Jones Auditorium, 2 PM

Carlos Bolado, B.Z. Goldberg & Justine Shapiro’s Promises, USA (2001), 106 min

A project of love and devotion, this acclaimed documentary examines the conflict in the Middle East through the eyes of Israeli and Palestinian children. Traveling to Palestinian communities and settlements in the West Bank as well as neighborhoods of Jerusalem to meet seven Palestinian and Israeli children between the ages of nine and thirteen, the directors draw viewers into the hearts and minds of these children by giving voice to those captured by the region’s hatreds as well as those able to transcend them. Rather than focusing on political events, the seven children featured offer a compelling human portrait of the Israeli & Palestinian reality. A small film that becomes a large masterpiece!

April 27, 2003, Jones Auditorium, 2 PM

Deborah Hoffmann & Frances Reid’s Long Night’s Journey Into Day, South Africa (2000), 94 min

Long Night’s Journey Into Day provides a dramatic inside look at one of the most innovative and ambitious attempts at dialogue in human history, South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. This film documents South Africa’s quest for restorative justice as it follows four dramatically different cases. The thought provoking portrait that results shows a wounded society attempting to humanize itself by taking seriously the importance of heart and conscience. This process grants amnesty to those who committed political or racial crimes during the apartheid era as long as they tell the truth in an open court. This remarkable tale of conflict, forgiveness and renewal will inspire American viewers to re-examine our own approach to racism and social injustice. -Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the 2000 Sundance Festival; ALA Booklist’s Editor’s Choice Award for best video of 2000, 2001 Oscar Nominee for Best Documentary.


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.