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Film Series Tangles in War

The Oklahoma City University Film Institute’s current series will conclude at 2 p.m. March 10 with Bruce Beresford’s “Breaker Morant” 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.

“Breaker Morant,” one of the most acclaimed Australian films, was screened in competition at the 1980 Cannes Festival and won best supporting actor as well as many other honors, including the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Film and 10 Australian Oscar equivalents.

Based on a famous incident in Australian history, Henry "Breaker" Morant was an Englishman living in Australia at the end of the 19th century. When the Boer war broke out in 1899 between Britain and the descendants of Dutch colonists, Morant and a number of Australians volunteered for duty in South Africa. What followed became the content for one of the most powerful films ever made on both war and military justice.

Saturday Review called it a film of “epic status, beautifully directed, and strikingly performed.”

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 www.okcu.edu/film-lit/.

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