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Documentary Screening Shows Fight Against Spousal Abuse
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City University will continue its 12th annual Documentary Film Series at 2 p.m. April 11 with Kim Longinotto’s “Sisters in Law.” The screening is free to the public and will take place in the Kerr McGee Auditorium in the Meinders School of Business at N.W. 27th Street and McKinley Avenue. “Sisters in Law” is about two women who are determined to end spousal abuse in their home country of Cameroon. Even with a prevalence of abuse, their small town of Kumba had not had a single conviction for the crime in 17 years. The film follows the work of State Prosecutor Vera Ngassa and Court President Beatrice Ntuba as they help women fight cases of abuse despite pressures from family and their community to remain silent. Harbour Winn, director of OCU’s Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film and Literature, said that although the film can be horrifying to watch at times, the end leaves audiences cheering for the success of the women. OCU’s documentary series is titled “Regaining Civility.” It features films about people who are dedicated to making positive changes in the world around them. Winn 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.” 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.