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OCU Film Series Takes to the 'Streets'

The Oklahoma City University Film Institute will continue its 32nd season with  Nabil Ayouch’s “Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets,” screening at 2 p.m. Oct. 6 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.

“Ali Zaoua” is the winner of more than 40 international film festival awards and features children from the streets of Casablanca, a far cry from the iconic images of the legendary film “Casablanca.”  Ayouch's compassion toward the children and their plight is evident as the director contrasts their stark reality with the fantastic dream world to which they seek to escape.

“Ali Zaoua” is considered the most acclaimed Moroccan film ever made and a splendid example of cinematic magical realism. The Guardian newspaper calls it "an engaging and powerful piece of work."

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

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

* 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”