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Harbour Winn Film Institute

Founded in 1982 by Emeritus Professor Harbour Winn, the Film Institute plays an important role in the university‘s vision to provide a student-oriented learning environment and an inclusive, values-centered culture that engages the community and the world.

Each year, university faculty select a variety of classic and contemporary international and art house films to share with university audiences and our neighbors from throughout the greater Oklahoma City area. These screenings include discussions after each film, and the films are also available for university courses through the maintenance of an extensive film collection at the Dulaney-Browne Library.

The Film Series is supported by the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Endowment Fund for the Center for Interpersonal Studies Through Film & Literature, the OCU Film Institute Endowment in the Community Foundation of the Kirkpatrick Family Fund, and Oklahoma City University.


Begun in 1997, through the generosity and creativity of Jeanne Hoffman Smith, MSSW, the Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film and Literature brings a distinguished poet to the campus each year. Seven of the poets have been Poet Laureates of the United States and many of them have been Pulitzer Prize and/or National Book Award winners. Poets Robert Pinsky, Jane Hirshfield, Michael Ondaatje, Mark Doty, Lucille Clifton, Naomi Shihab Nye, Li-Young Lee, Billy Collins, Ted Kooser, Joy Harjo, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Charles Simic, Natasha Trethewey, Carolyn Forche, Claudia Emerson, Terrance Hayes, Tracy K. Smith, Richard Blanco, Marie Howe, Simon Armitage, Chris Abani, and Alberto Rios have been featured so far, along with other poets and writers for additional events throughout the year.

In addition, the Center supports the OCU Film Institute, develops for the university and community an archive collection of quality DVDs, facilitates field trips to OCU for teachers and students from upper elementary through high school, hosts a regular Oklahoma Humanities Let’s Talk About It book discussion series for the university and Oklahoma City community, and collaborates with other campus and metropolitan organizations to support and encourage different groups to work together on creative projects. The director is a member of the English Department and teaches courses in this department as well as other university courses related to the mission of the Center. The Thatcher Hoffman Smith Endowment Fund and an advisory committee support the development of the Center and its programs.


The OCU Film Institute offers the university and the greater Oklahoma City community the opportunity to view classic and contemporary international films. Since 1983, the Institute has been screening films every year on to an audience of 50 to 400 people. Each year the series focuses on a theme, and reading recommendations on the theme and individual films are available at the showings. A discussion session follows each screening. The films are also available for university courses. Each spring audience participants have the opportunity to recommend films for the next season, and their preferences are honored to the degree possible. The Institute is committed to showing each season films from many different countries as well as offering each year a film from a place that has not been represented before. Once a film has been screened in the series, it is placed in OCU’s Dulaney-Browne Library where it can be checked out for viewing by an individual.

In 1996, the Oklahoma Humanities Council awarded the Institute one of four awards for excellence in humanities programming over the previous twenty-five years in the state of Oklahoma. The film series is supported by OCU, the OCU Film Institute Endowment, the Designated Endowment in the Community Foundation of the Kirkpatrick Family Fund, and the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Endowment for the Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film and Literature. The creator and director of the Film Institute, Dr. Harbour Winn, retired in 2016, but remains active in the community programming he helped to develop.

Dr. Tracy Floreani, Director

Carol Blackwood, Community Member

Karen Browne, Community Member

Bryan Cardinale-Powell, Chair of Film

Dr. Amy Cataldi, Dean of Petree College

Judy Cawthon, Community Member

Terri L. Cummings, Poet and Community Member

Dr. Mark Davies, Professor of Ethics

Melanie J. Jester, Federal Courts Attorney

Linda P. Lambert, former Board of Trustees member

Vivian Nida, Poet and Retired Educator

Billy Palumbo, Film Faculty

Dr. Karen Schiler, Chair of English & Modern Languages

Jason Stephenson, Poet and Oklahoma State Dept. of Ed. ELA

Sharon Varnum, Community Member

Emeritus consultant and founder, Dr. Harbour Winn

The 42-year-old tradition of providing free screenings of select films for the
Oklahoma City University community and our neighbors continues with this year’s
film series. This may be the only place in town where you’ll get the chance to see
these movies on a large screen.

Each screening begins at 1 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month during the
academic year, and the screenings will take place in the Norick Art Center, 1601 NW
26th Street. Parking is available to the west and north of the building, and if you get
here early you’ll be able to take in the art on display in the Hulsey Gallery. Also,
please make plans to stick around after each screening to share your thoughts on
the film.

“What! You too?”

Friendship on Film

One prerequisite for emotional connection is shared experience, and this year’s selection of films features characters who enjoy friendships based as much on mutual affection as the serendipity of being in the right place at the right time for one another. Things might not always go as planned, but making friends, keeping them, and sometimes parting ways—there’s little more human than that.

March 10

Frances Ha

Directed by Noah Baumbach • US • 2012 • 1h 26m

A New York woman (who really doesn’t have an apartment) apprentices for a dance company (though she’s not really a dancer) and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as the possibility of realizing them dwindles. (mubi.com)

April 14


Directed by Lukas Dhont • Belgium • 2022 • 1h 44m

Thirteen-year-olds Leo and Remi are inseparable; they spend every waking moment together, playing in the flower fields and sleeping at each other’s houses. However, as they start a new school year, the pressures of early adolescence challenge their bond with unexpected and far-reaching consequences. (mubi.com)

April 26-28


Wide Open Experimental Film Festival

Experience cutting edge experimental filmmaking from around the world at the 3rd annual Wide Open Film Festival. Screenings will be held at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

YearSeries Name & Titles Shown


Beans (Canada, 2020) dir. Tracey Deer 
La Llorona (Guatemala, 2019) dir. Jayro Bustamante 
Lingui, The Sacred Bonds (Chad/France/Germany/Belgium, 2021) dir. Mahamat-Saleh Haroun 
Peterloo (UK, 2018) dir. Mike Leigh 
Mangrove (UK, 2020) dir. Steve McQueen 
The Second Mother (Brazil, 2015) dir. Anna Muylaert 
You Resemble Me (Egypt/France/US, 2022) dir. Dina Amer 


40th Anniversary Viewers' Choice 

Volver (Spain, 2006) dir. Pedro Almodóvar 
We Are Little Zombies (Japan, 2019) dir. Makoto Nagahisa 
Toni (France, 1935) dir. Jean Renoir 
Burnt by the Sun (Russia, 1994) dir. Nikita Mikhalov 
Dick Johnson is Dead (USA, 2020) dir. Kirsten Johnson 
Wings of Desire (Germany, 1987) dir. Wim Wenders 
The Conformist (Italy, 1970) dir. Bernardo Bertolucci 
Chan is Missing (USA, 1982) dir. Wayne Wang 

2020Pandemic Pop-Up Screenings 
Portrait of a Lady on Fire (France, 2019) dir. Celine Sciamma 
Sorry We Missed You (UK, 2019) dir. Ken Loach 
Isle of Dogs (USA/Japan, 2018) dir. Wes Anderson 
Amélie (France/Germany, 2001) dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet 
The Cordillera of Dreams (Chile, 2019) dir. Patricio Guzmán 
The Biggest Little Farm (USA, 2018) dir. John Chester
2019Women Filmmakers Showcase 
Mustang (Turkey/France, 2015) dir. Deniz Game Ergüven 
Daughters of the Dust (USA, 1991) dir. Julie Dash 
Capernaum (Lebanon/France, 2018) dir. Nadine Labaki 
Cléo from 5 to 7 (France, 1962) dir. Agnès Varda 
The Stories We Tell (Canada, 2012) dir. Sarah Polley 
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Iran/USA, 2014) dir. Ana Lily Amirpour 
Nervous Translation (Philippines, 2018) dir. Shireen Seno
2018The Power of Place 
Il Postino (Italy, 1994) dir. Trios Massimo & Michael Radford 
In America (Ireland, 2002) dir. James Sheridan 
Faces Places (France, 2017) dir. J.R. & Agnès Varda 
A River Called Titas (Bangladesh, 1973) dir. Ritwik Ghatak 
Persepolis (Iran/France, 2007) dir. Vincent Paronnaudand Marjane Satrapi 
Marborosi (Japan, 1995) dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda 
This May Be the Last Time (USA, 2014) dir. Sterlin Harjo 
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (New Zealand, 2016) dir. Taika Waititi 
Under Sandet (Denmark, 2015) dir. Martin Zandvliet 
El Espinazo del Diablo (Spain, 2001) dir. Guillermo del Toro 
Last Men in Aleppo (Syria, 2017) dir. Feras Fayyad 
The Insult (Lebanon, 2017) dir. Ziad Douieri 
The Last Picture Show (USA, 1971) dir. Peter Bogdanovich 
2017Picturing Reconciliation 
Paterson (USA, 2016) dir. Jim Jarmusch 
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (France/USA, 2007) dir. Julian Schnabel 
Boy (New Zealand, 2010) dir. Taika Waititi 
The Salesman (Iran, 2016) dir. Ashgar Farhadi 
The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson (UK, 2015) dir. Julien Temple 
Bakashû (Japan, 1951) dir. Yasujirô Ozu 
Ma Vie en Rose (France, 1997) dir. Alain Berliner 
Tanna (Vanuatu/Australia, 2015) dir. Brantley Dean & Martin Butler 
In the Name of the Father (Ireland/UK, 1993) dir. Jim Sheridan 
The Look of Silence (Indonesia/Denmark, 2014) dir. Joshua Oppenheimer 
Frantz (Germany/France, 2016) dir. François Ozon
2016On Being Mortal 
Embrace of the Serpent (Colombia, 2015) dir. Ciro Guerra 
Fireworks Wednesday (Iran, 2006) dir. Asghar Farhadi 
My Life as a Dog (Sweden, 1985) dir. Lasse Hallstrom 
The Last Metro (France, 1980) dir. Francois Truffaut 
Theeb (Jordan, 2014) dir. Naja Abu Nowar 
Coming Home (China, 2014) dir. Zhang Yimou 
Phoenix (Germany, 2014) dir. Christian Petzold 
Ikiru (Japan, 1952) dir. Akira Kurosawa
2015The Search for Meaning and Value 
Leviathan (Russia, 2014) dir. Andrey Zvyagintsev 
About Elly (Iran, 2009) dir. Asghar Farhadi 
The Lunchbox (India, 2013) dir. Ritesh Batra 
Blow-Up (UK, 1966) dir. Michelangelo Antonioni 
Two Days, One Night (Belgium, 2014) dir. Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne 
Ugetsu (Japan, 1953) dir. Kenji Mizoguchi 
Timbuktu (Mauritania, 2014) dir. Abdherrahmane Sissako 
Ida (Poland, 2013) dir. Pawel Pawlikowski 
2014Beyond Religion: Ethics for a Whole World 
Ilo Ilo (Singapore, 2013) dir. Anthony Chen 
The Story of Adele H. (France, 1975) dir. Francois Truffaut 
The Past (Iran, 2013) dir. Asghar Farhadi 
A Touch of Sin (China, 2013) dir. Jia Zhangke 
Barbara (Germany, 2012) dir. Christian Petzold 
Memories of Murder (South Korea, 2003) dir. Bong Joon-Ho 
The Hunt (Denmark, 2012) dir. Thomas Vinterberg 
Like Father, Like Son (Japan, 2013) dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda 
2013Identity in Diversity: Religious Pluralism 
Incendies (Canada, 2010) dir. Denis Villeneuve 
Vanaja (India, 2007) dir. Rajnesh Domalpalli 
The White Meadows (Iran, 2009) dir. Mohammad Rasoulof 
The Violin (Mexico, 2006) dir. Francisco Vargas 
Secret Sunshine (South Korea, 2007) dir. Lee Chang-Dong 
The Other Son (France, 2012) dir. Lorraine Levy 
Ali Zaoua: Prince of the Streets (Morocco, 2000) dir. Nail Ayouch 
Lore (Germany, 2012) dir. Cate Shortland 
2012Escape From Freedom  
Breaker Morant (Australia, 1980) dir. Bruce Beresford 
The Kid with a Bike (Belgium, 2011) dir. Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne 
Treeless Mountain (South Korea, 2008) dir. So Yong Kim 
A Separation (Iran, 2011) dir. Asghar Farhadi 
The Double Life of Véronique (Norway, 1991) dir. Krzysztof Kieslowski 
The Colors of the Mountain (Colombia, 2010) dir. Carlos César Arbeláez 
The Flowers of War (China, 2011) dir. Zhang Yimou 
2011Compassion: The Radical Challenge 
Sansho the Baliff (Japan, 1954) dir. Kenji Mizoguchi 
The Milk of Sorrow (Spain, 2009) dir. Claudia Llosa 
Children of Heaven (Iran, 1997) dir. Majid Majidi 
The River (India, 1951) dir. Jean Renoir 
Kes (UK, 1969) dir. Ken Loach 
The Vanishing (USA, 1993) dir. George Sluizer 
Poetry (South Korea, 2010) dir. Lee Chang-Dong 
Black Orpheus (Brazil, 1959) dir. Marcel Camus 
2010The Cry for Myth 
Still Walking (Japan, 2008) dir. Hirokazu Kore-Eda 
The Red Desert (Italy, 1964) dir. Michelangelo Antonioni 
Wonderful Town (Thailand, 2007) dir. Aditya Assarat 
Paradise Now (Palestine, 2005) dir. Hany Abu-Assad 
Tulpan (Kazakhstan, 2008) dir. Sergei Dvortsevoy 
La Nana (Chile, 2009) dir. Sebastian Silva 
Madeo (South Korea, 2009) dir. Bong Joon-Ho 
Summer Hours (France, 2008) dir. Olivier Assayas 
2009Beyond Belief 
Lorna's Silence (Belgium, 2008) dir. Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne 
Song of Sparrows (Iran, 2008) dir. Majid Majidi 
Tuya's Marriage (China, 2006) dir. Quan An Wang 
Fanny and Alexander (Sweden, 1982) dir. Ingmar Bergman 
12 (Russia, 2007) dir. Nikita Mikhalkov 
Danzon (Mexico, 1991) dir. Maria Novaro 
Still Life (China, 2006) dir. Jia Zhang 
The Edge of Heaven (Germany, 2007) dir. Fatih Akin
2008Finding Selfhood Through Exploring One’s Own History 
Golden Door (Italy, 2006) dir. Emanuele Crialese 
The Spirit of the Beehive (Spain, 1973) dir. Victor Erice 
L'Enfant (Belgium, 2005) dir. Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne 
Father (Iran, 1996) dir. Majid Majidi 
The Syrian Bride (Israel, 2004) dir. Eran Riklis 
To Live (China, 1994) dir. Zhang Yimou 
2007Myth and Imagination: Shaping Meaning 
Hard Goodbyes: My Father (Greece, 2002) dir. Penny Panayotopoulou 
Buffalo Boy (Vietnam, 2004) dir. Nguyen-Vo Nghiem-Minh 
Schizo (Kazakhstan, 2004) dir. Gulshat Omarova 
The Discreet Charm of Bourgeoisie (France, 1972) dir. Luis Buñuel 
Masai: The Rain Warriors (Kenya, 2004) dir. Pascal Plisson 
Innocent Voices (Mexico, 2004) dir. Luis Mandoki 
Ten Canoes (Australia, 2006) dir. Rolf de Heer 
Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (Hong Kong, 2006) dir. Zhang Yimou
2006From Patriarchy to Democracy: Charting a New Path for Love 
Mountain Patrol: Kekexili (China, 2004) dir. Lu Chuan 
Since Otar Left (Republic of Georgia, 2003) dir. Julie Bertucelli 
Jules and Jim (France, 1961) dir. Francois Truffaut 
Iron Island (Iran, 2004) dir. Mohammad Rasoulof 
Machuca (Chile, 2004) dir. Andres Wood 
The Seven Samurai (Japan, 1954) dir. Akira Kurosawa 
Sophie Scholl: The Final Days (Germany, 2005) dir. Marc Rothemund
2004Beyond Polarization: The Transformative Power of Reconciliation 
Happy Times (China, 2002) dir. Zhang Yimou 
The Return (Russia, 2003) dir. Andrey Zvyagintsev 
Secret Ballot (Iran, 2001) dir. Babak Payami 
Autumn Sonata (Sweden, 1974) dir. Ingmar Bergman 
Monsoon Wedding (India, 2001) dir. Mira Nair 
Honey for Oshun (Cuba, 2001) dir. Humberto Solas 
The Sun (Poland, 2002) dir. Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne 
Good Bye, Lenin! (Poland, 2013) dir. Wolfgang Becker
2003Renewing the Virtue of Reverence: Becoming Aware of Our Limits and Capacity for Awe 
Madadayo (Japan, 1993) dir. Akira Kurosawa 
Behind the Sun (Brazil, 2001) dir. Walter Selles 
The Cyclist (Iran, 1989) dir. Mohsen Makhmalbaf 
Lacombe Lucien (France, 1974) dir. Louis Malle 
Nowhere in Africa (Germany, 2002) dir. Caroline Link 
Rabbit-Proof Fence (Australia, 2002) dir. Phillip Noyce 
Hero (China, 2002) dir. Zhang Yimou 
Bloody Sunday (UK/Ireland, 2002) dir. Paul Greengrass
2002The Cry for Moral Leadership Amidst the Battle for God 
The Road Home (China, 1999) dir. Zhang Yimou 
Kippur (Israel, 2000) dir. Amos Gitai 
Baran (Iran, 2001) dir. Majid Majidi 
The Way We Laughed (Italy, 1998) dir. Gianni Amelio 
The Legend of Rita (Germany, 2000) dir. Volker Schlondorff 
Kandahar (Iran, 2001) dir. Mohsen Makhmalbaf 
No Man's Land (Bosnia/Herzegovina, 2001) dir. Danis Tanovic 
Himalaya (Nepal, 1999) dir. Eric Valli
2001Living in the Secular and Sacred Worlds 
The Sweet Hereafter (Canada, 1997) dir. Atom Egoyan 
A Time for Drunken Horses (Iran, 2000) dir. Bahman Ghobabi 
Kadosh (Israel, 1999) dir. Amos Gitai 
Angry Harvest (Germany, 1985) dir. Agnieszka Holland 
The Ballad of Narayama (Japan, 1983) dir. Shohei Imamura 
Beau Travail (France, 1999) dir. Claire Denis 
Tilai (Burkina Faso, 1990) dir. Idrissa Ouedraogo 
Oedipus Rex (Morocco, 1967) dir. Pier Paolo Pasolini
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