The OCU Film Institute is presenting their 34th annual film festival.
The film Timbuktu, written and directed by Abderrahmane Sissako, will be shown next.
The film focuses on a cattle herder who lives a quiet life until it is interrupted by the Jihadists determined to control their faith.
The film will show at 2 p.m. Oct. 4 in Kerr-McGee Auditorium in Meinders School of Business.
“We increasingly talk about the value of studying abroad and domestic students interacting with international students,” said Dr. Harbour Winn, director of the Center for Interpersonal Study Through Film and Literature. “We live in a global world, and watching film art from other countries is a great way to help us experience what it’s like to be Polish or to be Japanese. It prepares you for the 21st century.”
The theme of this year’s festival, “The Search for Meaning and Value,” was inspired by a book written by psychiatrist, author, philosopher, and Holocaust survivor Dr. Viktor Frankl. His book, Man’s Search for Meaning, is a memoir chronicling his experiences as an inmate in four different concentration camps including Auschwitz and the experiences of others whom he treated as a psychiatrist.
The festival began Sunday and runs through March 6. There will be a discussion session following each film screening. It’s free to attend, but donations are encouraged. All donations are allocated to support the OCU Film Institute.
“I like the film series,” said Sarah Cason, psychology junior. “It shows us a small bit of what life is like outside of school and this country. It is also a chance to broaden our horizons.”
The series is supported in part by the Thatcher Hoffman Smith Endowment Fund and endowments through OCU and the Oklahoma City Community Foundation.
For more information about the film festival, call 405-208-5472 or visit their website, okcufilmlit.org.