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Documentary Series Opens with 'Something'

The 16th annual Documentary Film Series at Oklahoma City University will open at 2 p.m. March 30 with Emma Joan Morris’Something Within Me.”

All screenings in the series are free to the public and will be held in the Kerr McGee Auditorium in Meinders School of Business at N.W. 27th Street and McKinley Avenue. It is sponsored by the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Endowment Fund.

Something Within Me” won the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award. It is about the teachers and principal of a school in the poorest section of the South Bronx who commit to a curriculum where arts, especially music, are treated with the importance of other academic subjects. In the ensuing six years enrollment triples, and reading and math scores improve dramatically.

Variety magazine said the film “should be seen by as many educators, administrators, teachers, parents and students as possible.”

The documentary series is titled “The Song Has Its Way.” It is based on a poem by Tracy K. Smith, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who will give a presentation at OCU on April 2.

For more information about the series, visit the website; contact Harbour Winn, director of OCU’s Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film and Literature, at (405) 208-5472 or e-mail him at

Other documentaries in the series are:

* April 13 with Rob and Lisa Fruchtman’sSweet Dreams”

* April 27 with Malik Bendjelloul’s “Searching for Sugar Man”

Something Within Me