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Film Series Heads to Paradise

The Oklahoma City University Film Institute will continue its annual series at 2 p.m. Jan. 23 with Hany Abu-Assad’s “Paradise Now” in the Meinders School of Business Kerr McGee Auditorium. The school is located at McKinley Avenue and N.W. 27th Street.

The 29th anniversary of the OCU film series is based on Rollo May’s book, “The Cry for Myth.” May, a philosopher and psychologist, is credited with bringing European existentialistic ideas to the U.S.

“Paradise Now,” a stark film about two young Palestinian men who are recruited to become suicide bombers, was nominated for an Oscar for best foreign language film.

 This film begs the question, ‘can anything or anyone change their minds?’” said Harbour Winn, director of the OCU Film Institute. “The result is a film that knows its topic up close and provides no easy answers. Instead, the characters lay bare the humanity and the horror for all to see, to ponder, and perhaps to change.

Other dates and films in the series include Feb. 6 with Aditya Assarat’s “Wonderful Town,” Feb. 20 with Michelangelo Antonioni’s “The Red Desert” and March 6 with Hirokazu Kore-Eda’s “Still Walking.”

The OCU Film Institute is supported by donations and the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Endowment Fund.  Visit www.okcu.edu/film-lit/ for more information.