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Film Series Exhibits Childlike Tendencies

The Oklahoma City University Film Institute’s series will continue at 2 p.m. Feb. 24 with Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s “The Kid with a Bike” in the Kerr McGee Auditorium of Meinders School of Business. The school is located at N.W. 27th Street and McKinley Avenue.

Admission to all films in the series is free. The series is supported in part by the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Endowment Fund and endowments through OCU and the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival, this emotional French-language film by a pair of brother directors delves into the life of troubled 11-year-old Cyril, showing the directors’ ability to chart the wilds of childhood.

The New Yorker stated, “The real reason to see ‘The Kid with a Bike’ is that it offers something changelessly rare and difficult: a credible portrait of goodness.”

 The Dardennes have won two Golden Palms at Cannes festivals as well as Grand Jury Prizes.

This film’s screening is timed to connect with the speech of Children’s Defense Fund leader Marian Wright Edelman, who will talk on campus in the OCU Distinguished Speaker Series event on March 6.

The theme of this year’s film series is “Escape From Freedom,” borrowed from the title of a book by social theorist Erich Fromm. The book describes Fromm’s theories of humanity’s views on freedom and what the world is like without it. The book will be available for purchase at all film screenings in the series.

For more information about the series, call (405) 208-5472 or visit

The final film in this year’s Oklahoma City University Film Institute series is March 10 with Bruce Beresford’s “Breaker Morant.”