THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29
A film series at Oklahoma City University continues at 2 p.m. Nov. 8 with Nikita Mikhalkov’s “12.”
Nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, acclaimed director Mikhalkov’s 2007 film is a dissection of the personal and social quandaries facing modern-day Russia. Inspired by Sidney Lumet's 1957 classic “12 Angry Men,” the film opens with the closing arguments in the trail of a Chechen teenager accused of murdering his adoptive Russian father. Thinking their deliberation will be brief, the jurors instead find themselves embroiled in the complexities of the case and divided by racism and prejudice. As they deliberate, each of the jurors takes center stage to confront, connect and confess.
The topic of the film series borrows the theme from the popular and inspirational public radio program-turned book, “This I Believe.”
“This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women” is a book based on a National Public Radio series.
Harbour Winn, director of OCU’s Film Institute, said the theme offers thought-provoking looks into the human condition.
“We learn a lot about people when they tell us, in their own words, what they believe,” Winn said. “These stories dive into their deepest thoughts. Through this exploration we also learn a lot about humanity as a whole.”
He said the book will “provide direction and reflection for our cross-cultural study.” It will be available for purchase at the film showings.
The films are shown in the Kerr McGee Auditorium in the Meinders School of Business, located at N.W. 27th Street and McKinley Avenue. Admission is free.
Each film in the series will begin at 2 p.m. A discussion of the film will follow. Other films and dates in the series include:
• Ingmar Bergman’s “Fanny and Alexander,” Jan. 24
• Quan An Wang’s “Tuya’s Marriage,” Feb. 7
• Majid Majidi’s “Song of Sparrows,” Feb. 21
• Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s “Lorna’s Silence,” March 7.