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Film Series Grazes the ‘Meadows’

The Oklahoma City University Film Institute will continue its 32nd season with Mohammad Rasoulof’s “The White Meadows” at 2 p.m. Feb. 9 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.

“The White Meadows” is a dreamlike yet earthbound film about a boatman named Rahmat who navigates the increasingly salty waters of a coastal land, collecting the heartaches and tears of its inhabitants. Drawing firsthand on the challenges faced by Iranian artists of today, writer-director Rasoulof’s deeply atmospheric and poetical film is an allegory of intolerance, brutality and mystified routine that resonates far beyond any one state’s borders.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art called it “a fiercely compassionate call for freedom.”

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, gave a presentation in October for OCU’s Distinguished Speakers Series.

A discussion session follows each film screening for those who wish to participate.

For more information, contact Harbour Winn, OCU Film Institute director, at (405) 208-5472 or e-mail hwinn@okcu.edu.

Other dates and films in the season are:

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

* March 9, Denis Villeneuve’s “Incendies”