Holocaust and Genocide Studies Project: Film Series
As part of our program to investigate and educate the public about genocide from an interdisciplinary perspective, the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Project at the Portland Center for Public Humanities is hosting a series of films related to the topic of genocide. These films approach their topic from a wide range of angles. The first film in our series deals with the traumatic aftermaths of a genocidal campaign (and the attempt to heal from it); the second thematizes the question of how genocide is represented -- both by its perpetrators and by historians in the aftermath; while the third treats the question of survival. Each film will be followed by a discussion, led by a professor from Portland State University who teaches courses related to the study of genocide and the holocaust.
All films will be free of charge and open to the public.
On March 6th, we will screen The Secret Life of Words, Isabel Croixet’s brilliant, laconic story about an attempt to build intimacy in the wake of unimaginable trauma. Click here for more details.
Then, on March 13th, A Film Unfinished will be screened, Yael Hersonki’s 2010 documentary that chronicles the filming of the Warsaw Ghetto. With commentary from both sides of the camera, the film offers a rare insight into life in the ghetto, as well as the complicated manipulations Nazis indulged in to produce their propaganda. Click here for more details.
Finally, on March 20th, we will screen The Pianist, Roman Polanski’s film from 2001, which tells the true story of Wladislaw Szpilman (portrayed by Adrien Brody), a brilliant Jewish pianist who managed to escape the deportations to survive among the ruins of occupied Warsaw. Click here for more details.
The events are cosponsored by the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center, Judaic Studies, and the English Department.