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Film Series Moves From Ostrich Farm to Big City
A film series at Oklahoma City University continues at 2 p.m. Feb. 21 with Majid Majidi’s “Song of Sparrows.” Working at an ostrich farm outside of Tehran, lead character Karim leads a simple and contented life with his family in their small house until one day when one of the ostriches runs away. When Karim travels to the city to help his elder daughter’s hearing he finds himself mistaken for a motorcycle taxi driver. He then begins his new profession — ferrying people and goods through heavy traffic. “At times funny, sad, poignant and suspenseful, ‘Sparrows’ is a showcase for Majidi's masterful storytelling,” states a review by the San Francisco Chronicle. 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 is 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 and a discussion session follows the screening. The last film will be at 2 p.m. March 7 with Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s “Lorna’s Silence.”