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Screening: Banned in Oklahoma
January 10 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pmFree
Come watch a screening of the documentary “Banned in Oklahoma,” the story of the resistance of an Oklahoma City resident and its public libraries to suppression of the distribution of the internationally acclaimed film “The Tin Drum,” based on the Nobel Prize winning novel of the same title by Gunter Grass, and to police search and seizure at the home of a citizen who had rented the movie from a local video rental store.
Make plans to attend a public outreach event of Americans United for Separation of Church & State on Thursday, January 10, at 6 pm, in the basement of the Evans Library, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd, Evans, GA.
Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News “[…] in 1996, an Oklahoma district judge decided The Tin Drum was child pornography, and Oklahoma city police seized videotapes from store shelves and residents’ homes. The ‘Twilight Zone’ of what happened next is chronicled in the excellent 30-minute documentary Banned in Oklahoma, the best special feature in Criterion’s loaded two-disc “Drum” set. This is a rare case when you might want to dip into the second disc before watching the main attraction. Gary D. Rhodes’ Banned in Oklahoma is up to tackling the rich irony of banning a German film about book-burning Nazis, an irony lost on the decency guardians of Oklahoma Children and Families, which spearheaded the effort to purge The Tin Drum from libraries, stores, and homes. More impressive still, the documentary refuses to make the censors look like straw-man buffoons […]”
|Oklahoma City Gazette Cover Story, June 9 2004|