WASHINGTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
Dir. Pawel Pawlikowski | 80 min
Polish with English subtitles
Presented as part of Jewish Identity Through Film: Screenings and Dialogues led by Professor Amitai Etzioni.
Pawel Pawlikowksi’s 2015 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film winner seamlessly weaves together two deeply resonant narratives of identity set in Poland in 1962.
Eighteen-year-old Anna, a sheltered orphan raised in a convent, is preparing to become a nun when she first meets her only living relative. Her aunt Wanda, a worldly and cynical Communist Party insider, shocks Anna with the declaration that her real name is Ida and her Jewish parents were murdered during the Nazi occupation.
This revelation triggers a heart-wrenching journey to the countryside, to the old family home and into the secrets of a repressed past.
Followed by a conversation led by Professor Amitai Etzioni.
“Leads one to reflect on the ways millions of lost Jews, from the Inquisition days on, struggle with their identity—and what we expect of them.” – Professor Amitai Etzioni
Sunday, October 133:00 PM Pay-What-You-Choose
After receiving his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1958, Dr. Amitai Etzioni served as a Professor of Sociology at Columbia University for 20 years; part of that time as the Chairman of the department. He was a guest scholar at the Brookings Institution in 1978 before serving as a Senior Advisor to the White House from 1979-1980. In 1980, Dr. Etzioni was named the first University Professor at The George Washington University, where he is the Director of the Institute for Communitarian Policy Studies. From 1987-1989, he served as the Thomas Henry Carroll Ford Foundation Professor at the Harvard Business School.
Dr. Etzioni served as the president of the American Sociological Association in 1994-95, and in 1989-90 was the founding president of the International Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics. In 1990, he founded the Communitarian Network, a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to shoring up the moral, social and political foundations of society. He was the editor of The Responsive Community: Rights and Responsibilities, the organization’s quarterly journal, from 1991-2004. In 1991, the press began referring to Dr. Etzioni as the “guru” of the communitarian movement.