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3 Measures of Time | 15th Annual Documentary Series

Sundays, 2 PM, Moot Court Room 100 in Sarkeys Law Center
NW 23rd Street and Kentucky Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73106
A discussion session follows each film for those who wish to stay
Free Admission, Donations Appreciated

April 7, 2013, Moot Court Room 100, 2 PM

Shlomi Eldar’s Precious Life, USA & Israel (2010), 90 min

An Israeli journalist confronts the personal ramifications of life in Gaza in this deeply moving, award-winning documentary about courage and the fight for the life of a child. When a four-month-old Palestinian boy needs a bone marrow transplant to live—a procedure that can only be performed in an Israeli hospital—his mother finds herself caught between the desire to protect her son and harsh criticism from her community. An Israeli pediatrician finds himself in a comparable dilemma. A powerful appeal for peace, Precious Life explores the challenges and prejudices that must be overcome when people of conflicting nations attempt to put aside their differences for a greater cause. Winner of the best documentary award from the Israeli Film Academy in 2010 and shown at numerous prestigious film festivals all over the world.

April 21, 2013, Moot Court Room 100, 2 PM

Peter Richardson’s How To Die In Oregon, USA (2011), 107 min

In 1994, Oregon became the first state to legalize physician-assisted suicide. As a result, any individual whom two physicians diagnose as having less than six months to live can lawfully request a fatal dose of barbiturate to end his or her life. Since 1994, more than 500 Oregonians have taken their mortality into their own hands. In this acclaimed film, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, director Richardson gently enters the lives of the terminally ill as they consider whether–-and when–-to end their lives by lethal overdose. Richardson examines both sides of this complex, emotionally charged issue. What emerges is a life-affirming, staggeringly powerful portrait of what it means to die with dignity.

April 28, 2013, Moot Court Room 100, 2 PM

Robert H. Lieberman’s They Call It Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain, USA (2012), 88 min

Shot clandestinely over a three-year period in the second-most isolated country on the planet, Burma, They Call It Myanmar lifts the curtain to expose the everyday life in a land that has been held in the iron grip of a brutal military regime for 48 years. Culled from over 200 hours of striking images, the film interweaves spectacular footage of this little-seen nation with interactions with its people, including an interview with the recently released Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. Though Burma has tumbled from being one of the world’s most prosperous and advanced countries in Southeast Asia to being one of the world’s poorest, the film shows a country and people of beauty, courage and hope.

Admission to the film series is free, but donations help sustain the Institute's mission. Donations can be made at each film or mailed to the OCU Film Institute Endowment at Oklahoma City University or the OCU Film Institute’s Designated Endowment in the Community Foundation of the Kirkpatrick Family Fund. Oklahoma City University and the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Endowment Fund for the university’s Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film and Literature also support the Institute.

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