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Film Series Sets Off ‘Fireworks Wednesday’

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The Oklahoma City University Film Institute series will continue at 2 p.m. Feb. 19 with Asghar Farhadi’s “Fireworks Wednesday.”

All films in the series are screened free to the public in the Kerr McGee Auditorium of Meinders School of Business at N.W. 27th Street and McKinley Avenue.

The series is supported in part by the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Endowment Fund and endowments through Oklahoma City University and the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.

Farhadi’s “Fireworks Wednesday” is a gripping, suspenseful drama—a story of marital intrigue and betrayal set against the backdrop of the Persian New Year. Rouhi, a young bride-to-be, is hired as a maid for an affluent family in Tehran. Upon arriving she is suddenly thrust into an explosive domestic conflict. What Rouhi discovers, however, threatens not only the family’s marriage but her own future.

A review by the New York Times stated: “As with Farhadi's other films, every detail of speech and body language resonates.”

The theme of this year’s season is based on Atul Gawande’s recent book “Being Mortal.” Harbour Winn, curator of the series, said the films were selected to show “how we, as individuals and a culture, confront, avoid and deal with finitude.” Topics covered include how societies deal with people who are aging, the importance of life and how it is lived with need for a healthy and ethical awareness in knowing we all ultimately die.

A discussion session follows each film screening for those who wish to participate. The final film in this season’s series will be Ciro Guerra’s “Embrace of the Serpent” on March 5. For more information about the series, call 405-208-5707 or visit okcufilmlit.org.

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