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Film Screening: They Chose Freedom

Vladimir V. Kara-Murza, Director

 

When: Monday, December 1, 7:00pm

Where: Marquee Theater, Union South, 1308 W. Dayton St.

Sponsors: The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia, Russian Flagship Program, and the WUD Film Committee

 

Vladimir Kara-Mura | 2005 | 90 min | in English

 

A discussion with the film's director, Vladimir Kara-Murza, will be held immediately following the screening.

 

About the Film: They Chose Freedom, a four-part documentary film written and produced by Russian historian and television journalist Vladimir V. Kara-Murza, tells the story of the dissident movement in the USSR from its emergence in the 1950s until the collapse of the Soviet dictatorship in 1991. Public readings of banned poetry in Mayakovsky Square, the development of samizdat (underground publications), the 1965 and 1968 opposition demonstrations in Moscow, and the harsh repressions unleashed against dissenters by the Communist regime—including forced psychiatric “treatment,” prison camps, and exile—are chronicled in this documentary.

 

The film is narrated primarily through interviews with prominent Russian dissidents: Elena Bonner, Vladimir Bukovsky, Vladimir Dremlyuga, Viktor Fainberg, Natalia Gorbanevskaya, Sergei Kovalev, Naum Korzhavin, Eduard Kuznetsov, Pavel Litvinov, Yuri Orlov, Alexander Podrabinek, Anatoly (Natan) Sharansky, and Alexander Yesenin-Volpin. In the final episode, they offer their thoughts on the current situation in Russia under Vladimir Putin and prospects for the future.

 

Public screenings of They Chose Freedom (in Russian) have been held in Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Washington DC, New York, London, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 2013, for the 45th anniversary of the 1968 Red Square demonstration against the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, the Institute of Modern Russia sponsored the translation and English-language production of They Chose Freedom as part of its commitment to preserving the legacy of those who have dedicated their lives to the struggle for freedom, human rights, and the rule of law in Russia.

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Film Screening: "Leaving (Odcházení)"

Czech film series - The Play's the Thing: Václav Havel, Art, and Politics

 

When: Tuesday, December 2, 4:00pm

Where: 206 Ingraham Hall

Sponsors: The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia

 

Václav Havel | 2011 | 94 min | Czech with subtitles

 

About the Film: In 2008, Havel returned to the theater with a new play, Leaving, in which an ex-government official tries to reenter his former life. His film version premiered shortly before his death in December 2011. As the action unfolds on a rural estate, comparisons to Havel’s own life become clear: “Before the 1989 Revolution, I had an idea for a character like King Lear, who loses power. It might have been the influence of the 1968 generation—the people who had been party members . . . after ‘68 they were thrown out and started to live ordinary lives, and pretended they didn’t mind, but they did.”

 

About the Series: Václav Havel (1936–2011), the dissident and imprisoned dramatist who went on to become a world-renowned statesman as first president of the Czech Republic, changed the course of twentieth-century history by mixing theater with politics and peacefully ending communism in his country. His plays, filled with metaphor and pointed innuendo, exposed the failings of the system, and Havel became a hero in an epic struggle. This program is based on the places and people that Havel knew, from the influential Theatre on the Balustrade, where his theatrical career began, to his friendships with filmmakers of the Czech New Wave, and to his political ascendancy in Prague.

 


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"An Evening with Dmitry Bykov"

ASSR Madison (Artists, Singers, Songwriters of Russia)

 

When: Tuesday, December 2, 7:30pm

Where: Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, 401 South Owen Drive, Madison

Sponsors: ASSR Madison (Artists, Singers, Songwriters of Russia)

 

About the Event: Please join ASSR Madison for an evening with Russian writer, poet, and journalist Dmitry Bykov. Bykov is one of the most prolific modern Russian writers and in recent years gained additional recognition for his biography of Boris Pasternak, published in 2005. The biography earned Bykov the 2006 "National Bestseller" and "Great Book" awards. He has also written biographies of Maksim Gorky and Bulat Okudzhava. Bykov has been writing for the magazine "Ogonek" since 1993. He has also periodically hosted a show on the radio station "Echo of Moscow" and was the co-host of the television program "Vremechko."

Together with actor Mikhail Yefremov, Bykov created the project "Citizen Poet" (a pun on Nikolai Nekrasov's poem "Poet and Citizen"). Yefremov reads poems, written by Bykov, which are usually satirical comments on contemporary Russian society, politics and culture.

*Please note that this is a ticketed event*

Tickets at the door $35

Tickets in advance $30

Tickets for students and seniors in advance $25

Advance tickets are available at the following local businesses:

Russian Food store "Intermarket," 5317 Old Middleton Rd. (608) 231-2017

"Top Tailoring," 642 S. Gammon Rd. # 211. (608) 886- 3337

Contact for more information: Alex Krichevsky (alkrich@yahoo.com or 608-212-0719)

 


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Film Screening: "Dostoevsky Behind Bars"

 

When: Wednesday, December 3, 7:00pm

Where: The Marquee Theater, Union South

Sponsors: WUD Film Committee and the Oakhill Prison Humanities Project

 

Marc Kornblatt | 2013 | 56 min

 

About the Event: Marc Kornblatt’s documentary Dostoevsky Behind Bars will be screened at The Marquee in the University of Wisconsin’s Union South on Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. A Q&A session with the director and volunteer instructors will follow the hour-long film. Dostoevsky Behind Bars has found a life as a teaching and recruitment tool beyond its premieres at the 2014 Wisconsin Film Festival and on WPT. Its candid portrayal of a correctional institution and the evening classes taught there sparks discussion on the efficacy of prison education programs and other relevant issues. The showing will be a collaboration between the WUD Film Committee and the Oakhill Prison Humanities Project.

Described as “marvelous and assured” by The Isthmus, Dostoevsky Behind Bars is a documentary about the humanities classes that are offered at Oakhill Correctional Institution in Oregon, WI. Featuring interviews with UW-Madison graduate student instructors, inmates, prison administration, and security staff, the film allows all these participants to describe why they study literature together and why what they are doing matters. Kornblatt, along with cinematographer William Roach, a contract videographer for ESPN, depicts the lives of the men both within and without the classroom, for example as they enthusiastically discuss feminist elements in Tolstoy's Anna Karenina or work in the prison's greenhouse. Additionally, samples of the men's own expressive poetry and fiction are featured. Dostoevsky Behind Bars premiered at the Wisconsin Film Festival and was the recipient of a Golden Badger Award. Since then it has also been an official selection of the Kansas International Film Festival, the Louisville International Film Festival, the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, and the Philadelphia Film Festival. 

 


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"Lands in Limbo"

Narayan Mahon, Photographer

 

When: Thursday, December 4, 4:00pm

Where: 206 Ingraham Hall

Sponsors: The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia

 

About the Speaker: Narayan Mahon is a Madison-based, award-winning photographer whose editorial work has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Economist, ESPN Magazine, The Guardian, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Times of London, Ventiquattro (Italy), Focus (Germany), and PowerHouse Magazine, among many other national and international publications. Most recently Mahon was a winner of American Photography 30, Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward- Emerging Photographers (2009), a finalist for the International Reporting Project Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, and a grant recipient of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting for his work in Somaliland. He holds a Master’s degree in Photojournalism from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, and as a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.

 

About the Lecture: Mahon will show images from and will discuss "Lands in Limbo," a five-part photographic series on unrecognized countries and disputed territories, isolated from the international community and waiting for their sovereignty and national identity to be recognized by global community. The exhibition includes images from Abkhazia, Nagorno-Karabakh, and Transnistria. The photography exhibition "Lands in Limbo" will be shown at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art from December 6, 2014 through March 15, 2015. 

For more information on the exhibition, please visit: http://www.mmoca.org/exhibitions-collection/exhibits/narayan-mahon-lands-limbo

 

 

 

 



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Film screening: "Jack Strong"

24th Annual Polish Film Festival

 

When: Saturday, December 6, 1:00pm

Where: Marquee Theater, Union South

Sponsors: UW-Madison Polish Student Association, The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia

 

Wladyslaw Pasikowski | 2014 | Polish with English subtitles

 

About the Film: A fascinating spy film based on real events. Colonel Kuklinski, deputy chief of operations of the Polish Armed Forces, party to all secrets of the Warsaw Pact, became a CIA informant and thus the key player in the Cold War. Through the ‘70s Kuklinski provided the CIA with over 40, 000 pages of secrets documents.

 

Trailer: http://www.jackstrongfilm.com/index.php?lang=en

 

 

 

 

 



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Film screening: "Life Feels Good"

24th Annual Polish Film Festival

 

When: Saturday, December 6, 3:00pm

Where: Marquee Theater, Union South

Sponsors: UW-Madison Polish Student Association, The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia

 

Maciej Pieprzyca | 2013 | Polish with English subtitles

 

About the Film: A heartbreaking and humorous movie whose main character, a romantic, good-natured man with cerebral palsy yearns to be understood by his family and friends. Based on a true story, this award-winning film is a testament to the endurance of the human spirit.

 

Trailer: http://www.intramovies.com/new-releases/details.php?id=568

 

 

 

 

 



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Concert

UW-Madison Russian Folk Orchestra

 

When: Sunday, December 7, 2:00pm

Where: Olbrich Botanical Garden, Madison, WI

Sponsors: The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Europe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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Film screening: "The Essence of Life: A Documentary about Waclaw Szybalski"

 

When: Monday, December 8, 7:00pm

Where: Marquee Theater, Union South

Sponsors: Polish Heritage Club of Madison, Morgridge Institute for Research, McArdle Labratory for Cancer Research, and the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia

 

Anna Ferens | 2014 | Polish/English with English subtitles

 

About the Film: Director Anna Ferens returns to Madison for the premiere of her new film, on the life and work of prominent geneticist Waclaw Szybalski, professor emeritus of oncology at UW-Madison.

 

A discussion with Anna Ferens and Waclaw Szybalski, moderated by Richard Brugess, will follow the screening.

 

Download the trailer here

 

 

 

 

 



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Film screening: "And The Beggar's Opera Again (A znovu Žebrácká opera)"

Czech film series - The Play's the Thing: Václav Havel, Art, and Politics

 

When: Tuesday, December 9, 4:00pm

Where: 206 Ingraham Hall

Sponsors: The Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia, and Center for European Studies.

 

Olga Sommerová | 1996 | 60 min. | Polish/English with English subtitles

 

About the Film: Through Olga Sommerová’s creatively intercut film, two productions of Václav Havel’s The Beggar’s Opera reveal the political dynamics of the former Czechoslovakia before and after the Velvet Revolution in 1989. The dress rehearsal of the play’s world premiere in 1975 captures the stress of artists who conspired through theatre against the totalitarian regime. The production is contrasted with the relaxed atmosphere of the dress rehearsal of the play performed again in 1995 by the theatrical group Divadlo Na tahu at Havel’s cottage in the village of Hrádeček. Informal dialogue among the artists, Havel, and his wife Olga offers an intimate view of the changing tides.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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