Dir. Pawel Pawlikowski | 80 min
Narrative Poland 2013
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 Dr. Walter Reich.

“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


Dr. Walter Reich is the Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Professor of International Affairs, Ethics and Human Behavior, and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, at The George Washington University; a Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; and a former Director of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Dr. Reich is also a Lecturer in Psychiatry at Yale University; Professor of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; and Contributing Editor of The Wilson Quarterly. Dr. Reich has written and lectured widely on the Holocaust and genocide, terrorism; human rights, national memory, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; psychiatry, medical ethics and national and international affairs. He has received numerous academic and professional awards and has worked for the protection of human rights around the world since the early 1970s.

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This event finished on October 14, 2019.