Leaving More Wood on the Wood Pile | 10th Annual Documentary Series

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10th Annual Documentary Series

Leaving More Wood on the Wood Pile

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, 2008, Kerr McGee Auditorium, 2 PM

Hank Rogerson’s Shakespeare Behind Bars, USA (2005), 93 min

A compelling film that follows an all-male Shakespearian theatre company composed of convicted felons. For one year while incarcerated at Kentucky’s Luther Luckett prison, the cast rehearse and perform a full production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. The prisoners cast themselves in roles reflecting their life experiences, including the crimes for which they were convicted. As they struggles to understand the characters, they uncover startling and moving truths about themselves. Through their creative journey, they discover kindness and faith and leave us wrestling with notions of transformation and redemption. [Note: Poet Jimmy Santiago Baca will speak at OCU on April 2; he represents a remarkable example of how literature transformed him while he was in prison. This film will thus serve as a prelude to a remarkable poet and life story.)

April 13, 2008, Kerr McGee Auditorium, 2 PM

Monika Treut’s Warrior of Light, Brazil & Germany (2001), 91 min

A portrait of the extraordinary Yvonne de Mello, an accomplished sculptor and wealthy socialite who spends her days working with street kids in the favelas or slums of Rio de Janeiro. World renowned as a human rights advocate, she risks great danger in slums terrorized by drug lords. She builds shelters, establishes safe houses, and provides education, music and boundless affection to children who have previously known nothing but poverty, abuse and fear. Having earned a Femme Lumiere (Enlightened Women) Award from UNESCO, she is ignored by some affluent Brazilians, for many believe these children are members of a criminal class.

April 20, 2008, Kerr McGee Auditorium, 2 PM

Barrie McLean’s The Tibetan Book of Dead, Canada (1994), 90 min

Death is real. It comes without warning and it cannot be escaped. An ancient source of strength and guidance, The Tibetan Book of the Dead remains an essential teaching in the Buddhist cultures of the Himalayas. Narrated by the unflappable baritone voice of troubadour Leonard Cohen, and with interviews of the Dali Lama and Ram Das, the film explores the sacred text and boldly visualizes the afterlife according to its profound vision. Part of the film describes the rites and liturgies perfumed by Buddhist monks; part follows an elderly lama and his student as they guide the soul of a man into the afterlife.


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.