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Documentary Series Hears ‘Stories We Tell’

The 17th annual Documentary Film Series at Oklahoma City University will continue at 2 p.m. April 12 with Sarah Polley’s “Stories We Tell.”

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.

“Stories We Tell” is a genre-twisting film by Oscar-nominated director Polley, who investigates the elusive truths and buried secrets within her eclectic family of storytellers. Playing with the documentary format to explore the nature of memory and storytelling, Polley crafts a thoughtful, compelling narrative that unfolds like a mystery. The playful interrogations of characters paint a profound portrait of a complicated and deeply loving family with each relating their version of the family mythology.

Polley reveals the essence of family in this fun, warm, inventive documentary that was one of the best films of the year. The New York Times called it, “The kind of experience that has the power to alter your perception of the world.”

The documentary series is sponsored by OCU’s Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film and Literature. Harbour Winn, director of the center, explained the theme of this year’s documentary series.

“The films are about issues and historical situations that separate us and yet show how we can find bridges to overcome or transcend what seems to limit or bind us,” Winn said.

The series is titled “Walls and Bridges” and is inspired by poetry written by Richard Blanco, who will give a presentation at OCU on Wednesday. Blanco was chosen to read one of his works during the U.S. presidential inauguration ceremony in 2013.

The final documentary in the series will be April 26 with Markus Imhoof’s “More Than Honey.”

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