Press Room  

Oklahoma City University: News

Search Press Releases




Documentary Series Calls for Change
Oklahoma City University will begin its 12th annual Documentary Film Series March 28 with Jim Brown’s “Pete Seeger: The Power of Song.” The series, titled “Regaining Civility,” will feature three films at 2 p.m. on specified Sundays this spring in the Kerr McGee Auditorium in the Meinders School of Business at N.W. 27th Street and McKinley Avenue. All screenings are free to the public. The documentaries in the series are about people who are dedicated to making positive changes in the world around them. Harbour Winn, director of OCU’s Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film and Literature, said the documentaries are intended to inspire viewers to rally for good causes. “These stories show how people can rise against the odds and serve a purpose higher than themselves,” Winn said. “They are incredible, heartwarming stories of perseverance of the human spirit. After seeing these films, it is difficult not to be inspired to make a difference.” Winn chose a famous quote by spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi to serve as the theme for the series: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” The opening film “Pete Seeger: The Power of Song” is about the folk singer who advocated for peace. Seeger was accused of being a communist by members of the U.S. government for his views but he continued to spread his message. Some of his most popular songs include "Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” "Turn, Turn, Turn” and "If I Had a Hammer." The second film in the series, Kim Longinotto’s “Sisters in Law,” will be shown April 11. The documentary is about two women in Cameroon who try to end spousal abuse. Ellen Kuras’ “The Betrayal” will close the series April 25. The film tells the story of a Laotian family that escapes to the U.S. during the Vietnam conflict. OCU’s Documentary Film Series is funded by the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Endowment Fund. Visit www.okcu.edu/film-lit/ for more information, or contact Winn at (405) 208-5472 or hwinn@okcu.edu.