War and Peace: New Cinema from Central and Eastern Europe

05Apr2018 17May2018


6 film screenings, 6 interviews with the directors at VOX-POP, a series initiated and hosted by Katya Dorofeeva and Ellen Rutten at the Russian and Slavic Studies Department, in collaboration with ASCA. ~ How do national and personal identities interconnect? What happens when a family faces collective traumas? What do ordinary lives look like in times of war and repression? How do eyewitnesses of drastic geopolitical transitions experience these transitions?

Location: VOX-POP, Binnengasthuisstraat 9, Amsterdam

In April and May 2018, the UvA’s Department of Russian & Slavic Studies screens six recent films about Russia and Central and Eastern Europe. The makers range from distinguished directors to new filmmakers from the Netherlands and the region. The screenings will be followed by live interviews with the directors.

Central to the series is the tension between political unrest and everyday life. In the six films, history sometimes traverses individual lives with brute force. At the same time, the series challenges clichés about Central and Eastern Europe as an exotic site of social drama and Otherness.

Program - click on the links for trailers:

April 5, 16.00-18.00: Alois Nebel (Jaroslav Rudiš)

April 12, 17.00-19.00: De Rode Ziel (The Red Soul – in Dutch) (Jessica Gorter)

April 19, 16.00-18.00: Beyond Words (Urszula Antoniak)

April 26, 16.00-18.00: My Own Private War (Lidija Zelović)

May 3, 16.00-18.00: Liefde is aardappelen (Love Is Potatoes – in Dutch) (Aliona van der Horst)

May 17, 16.00-18.00: Sochi, All In the Game (Christine van Hout)

To sign up for the series — which includes prize-winning documentaries, fiction, and an animated film — please visit this link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0844a4a62ba2f94-oorlog. Admission is free of charge.

We look forward to welcoming you at the film screenings. The series is initiated and hosted by Katya Dorofeeva and Ellen Rutten. For questions, please email Katya at E.J.Dorofeeva@uva.nl.

Published by  ASCA