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Film Festival Features ‘Poetry’ in Motion

The 30th annual Oklahoma City University Film Institute’s film series will continue at 2 p.m. Oct. 9 with Lee Chang-dong’s “Poetry” in the Kerr McGee Auditorium of the Meinders School of Business. The school is located at N.W. 27th Street and McKinley Avenue.

“Poetry” is about an aging woman who is faced with a crippling medical diagnosis and complex family realities, but finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class. Chang-dong's follow-up to his acclaimed “Secret Sunshine” is considered a masterful study of the subtle empowerment—and moral compass—of an elderly woman. It won the best screenplay prize at the Cannes International Film Festival.

The theme of this year’s series is “Compassion: The Radical Challenge.” It is based on Karin Armstrong’s book, “Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life.” The book will be available at each film screening.

Harbour Winn, director of OCU’s Film Institute and a coordinator of the series, said the theme is intended “to bring to our attention the most recent book of the most acclaimed scholar of comparative religion in the West. Armstrong exhorts us to understand that even though faith has been exploited to justify horrific atrocities in the world, the fundamental idea in religion challenges us to understand that compassion is inseparable from humanity.”

Admission to all films in the series is free. The series is supported by the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Endowment Fund, the Kirkpatrick Family Fund and donations from the public.

For more information contact Winn at hwinn@okcu.edu or (405) 208-5472.

Other films and dates in the series include:

* George Sluizer’s “The Vanishing,” Oct. 23

* Ken Loach’s “Kes,” Nov. 6

* Jean Renoir’s “The River,” Jan. 22

* Majid Majidi’s “Children of Heaven,” Feb. 5

* Claudia Llosa’s “The Milk of Sorrow,” Feb. 19

* Kenji Mizoguchi's “Sansho the Bailiff,” March 4