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Film Shows Life Up the River Without a Paddle Documentary Series Continues with ‘Up the Yangtze’
OKLAHOMA CITY — The “Close Encounters with Unknown Worlds” documentary series at Oklahoma City University continues at 2 p.m. April 5 with a showing of Yung Chang’s “Up the Yangtze.” The documentary is about the Yangtze River and its surroundings that are about to be transformed by the biggest hydroelectric construction in history — the Three Gorges Dam. The Chinese film won awards all over the world and was called “an astonishing documentary of culture clash and the erasure of history amid China’s economic miracle” by The New York Times film critic. The documentary series at OCU is run through the Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film and Literature. Harbour Winn, director of the center, said the series gives the public a chance to experience true stories of people in distant lands. “Documentaries capture the many stories of humanity in ways that fiction can’t reach,” Winn said. “We hope that through these selected films people here can better appreciate the world in which they live after seeing it through the perspectives of those who live far away in completely different conditions.” The final documentary in the series is Sean and Andrea Nix Fine’s “War Dance” (April 19). The screenings are free to the public. The films are shown in the Kerr McGee Auditorium in the Meinders School of Business at OCU. The business school is located at N.W. 27th Street and Blackwelder Avenue. The series is sponsored by the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Endowment Fund. For more information about the documentary series go to , call Winn at (405) 208-5472 or e-mail him at