WASHINGTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
Dir. István Szabó | 180 min
EnglishFrench with English subtitles
Presented as part of Jewish Identity Through Film: Screenings and Dialogues led by Professor Amitai Etzioni.
A Jewish family living in Hungary through three generations, lift themselves from humble beginnings to positions of wealth and power in the crumbling Austro-Hungarian Empire.
The patriarch becomes a prominent judge but is torn when his government sanctions anti-Jewish persecutions. His son converts to Christianity to advance his career as a champion fencer and Olympic hero, but is caught up in the Holocaust. Finally, the grandson, after surviving war, revolution, loss and betrayal, realizes that his ultimate allegiance must be to himself and his heritage.
Starring Ralph Fiennes.
Followed by a conversation led by Professor Amitai Etzioni.
“As the sons go to extremes to win acceptance by Hungarian society—in an attempt to assimilate—they are rejected. However, in today’s USA, full assimilation seems possible. Is it to be condemned? Accepted as a matter of individual choice? Countered with intensive Jewish education?” – Professor Amitai Etzioni
Sunday, October 202:30 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.