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Film Series Opens with ‘Lore’

The Oklahoma City University Film Institute will open its 32nd season with Cate Shortland’s “Lore,” screening at 2 p.m. Sept. 22 in the Meinders School of Business Kerr McGee Auditorium. The business 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.

“Lore” is a movie about the 1945 collapse of the German resistance during World War II. As the Allied forces sweep across the land, five children find themselves abandoned to an uncertain fate with their Nazi parents imprisoned. Lore, the eldest child, takes charge of her younger siblings while embarking on a journey across a devastated country. On the road, they struggle to survive the punishing post-war conditions as Lore begins to understand the reality and consequences of her Nazi parents’ actions and their support of the atrocities of the Holocaust.

The entertainment website Salon calls it “a remarkable visual, cinematic and moral journey. Not like anything you’ve seen before.”

This year’s OCU Film Institute season is titled “Identity in Diversity: Religious Pluralism.” It is based on Eboo Patel’s book “Acts of Faith.” Patel, the founder of Interfaith Youth Core, will give a public presentation on campus at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 as part of OCU’s Distinguished Speakers Series.

For more information, contact Harbour Winn, OCU Film Institute director, at (405) 208-5472 or e-mail to

A discussion session follows each film screening for those who wish to participate. Other dates and films in the season are:

* Oct. 6, Nabil Ayouch’s “Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets”

* Oct. 20, Lorraine Levy’s “The Other Son”

* Nov. 3, Lee Chang dong’s “Secret Sunshine”

* Jan. 26, Francisco Vargas’ “The Violin”

* Feb. 9, Mohammad Rasoulof’s “The White Meadows”

* Feb. 23, Rajnesh Domalpalli’s “Vanaja”

* March 9, Denis Villeneuve’s “Incendies”