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Documentary Series Finishes With ‘War Dance’
OKLAHOMA CITY — The “Close Encounters with Unknown Worlds” documentary series at Oklahoma City University concludes at 2 p.m. April 19 with Sean and Andrea Nix Fine’s “War Dance.” The documentary is set in northern Uganda, a country ravaged by more than two decades of civil war. The Oscar-nominated film tells the story of three orphans whose families have been torn apart and their homes destroyed. While living in a refugee camp they are invited to compete in an annual music and dance festival. Their historic journey to the nation's capital promises an opportunity to regain a part of their childhood and a chance to taste victory for the first time in their lives. Their odyssey becomes a stirring tale about the power of the human spirit to triumph against tremendous odds. 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. “We are trying to take a closer look at parts of the world that will seem alien or foreign to us because of geography, linguistic and cultural differences, horrendous experiences, engineering feats of good or questionable nature, the role of the arts in healing and other aspects of human nature,” he said. “These films take us to places and experiences that most of us will never know, and yet I think we will find in them strange and unsettling ways that these places and experiences have more in common with us than we realize.” The screening is free to the public. The film will be 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 www.okcu.edu/film-lit/ , call Winn at (405) 208-5472 or e-mail him at hwinn@okcu.edu.