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      From: Serguei Alex. Oushakine
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      Subject: [ANTHRO-L] FILM LINEUP OF THE 2001 ASN WORLD CONVENTION (5-7 April 2001, Columbia University)

      From: "Dominique Arel" <darel@...>


      For the complete preliminary program, registration form and general
      information on the convention, please consult our web sites at<
      www.brown.edu/Departments/Watson_Institute/ASN/> or

      For the second consecutive year, the ASN World Convention will be
      screening brand new documentaries on themes related to the
      post-Communist world. This year's lineup includes A TRIAL IN PRAGUE,
      about the infamous Slansky trial in 1952 Czechoslovakia; GULAG: ENEMY
      OF THE PEOPLE, a masterful three hour history of the Gulag
      Archipelago; CROATIA 2000-A WINTER TO REMEMBER, a behind-the-scenes
      look at Croatia's recent election; THE PUNISHMENT, on the bombing of
      Serbia during the Kosovo War; WAR IN THE LAND OF THE MUJAHEDDIN, set
      in makeshift hospital located in the Afghan war zone; GOOD KURDS, BAD
      KURDS, on the plight of Turkish Kurds; NEXT YEAR IN LERIN, on the
      fate of Greek and Slavic Macedonian children taken from Greece in
      1948; as well as a new documentary on ABKHAZIA; archival footage from
      UKRAINIAN AMERICANS in the 1960s; and recent short films from CINEMA
      VERITE INTERNATIONAL. All screenings will be followed by a discussion
      with the audience. One or two films, including one on the former
      Yugoslavia, may be added to the program.

      The ASN Convention runs from 5-7 April 2001 at Columbia University,
      International Affairs Building and will feature a hundred panels, in
      addition to the films.

      We look forward to seeing you at the convention,
      Dominique Arel (darel@...)
      Program Chair

      THURSDAY 5 APRIL, 3.15 PM
      New documentary on ABKHAZIA by director Dodge Billingsley, whose film
      at the 2000 ASN Convention.

      THURSDAY 5 APRIL, 5.30 PM
      Croatia 2000 - A Winter To Remember

      Croatia 2001 (104 min), directed by Rajko Grlic and Igor Mirkovic
      Contact:  grlic@..., www.croatia2000

      This is a feature-length documentary film about dramatic political
      events that  occurred in the period between the death of Croatian
      president Franjo Tudman and the victory of Stipe Mesic at the
      presidential elections. Incessantly following the most influential
      figures in Croatian political life, our cameras witnessed the moments
      of their biggest battle, their greatest victory and crushing defeat,
      the days of great strain, passion and political combat. This is, by
      all means, the most ambitious documentary project ever filmed in
      Croatia. It is the first documentary film ever distributed in
      Croatian theaters. After its  premier on January 18, 2001 the film is
      still playing and is right now third on the Croatian box office list.

      Branka Peuraca (Fletcher School of Law, Tufts U, USA) will lead the
      discussion following the screening.

      FRIDAY 6 APRIL, 9 AM
      Gulag: Enemy of the People

      UK 1999 (180 min), directed by Angus Macqueen, for the BBC.
      Contact: Iris Maor (iris.maor@...)

      A moving investigation of the Soviet gulags, which held dissenters,
      political prisoners and often completely innocent people.  It uses
      extensive interviews with guards and the guarded and even pre-war
      documentary footage. The jury of the International Documentary
      Association regarded this 3-hr film as 'magisterial',
      'extraordinary', even 'magnificent' as it brought to television a
      graphic account of one of the most notorious examples of inhumanity
      in the 20th century which 'we thought we all knew about - and proved
      that we didn't'.

      William Rosenberg (U of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA) and Jennifer Syron
      (Columbia U, USA) will lead the discussion following the screening.

      The first 90 min of the film will screen betwen 9-10.30, followed by
      a 30 min. discussion.
      The second 90 min will screen 11.15-12.45, with another 30 min

      FRIDAY 6 APRIL, 2.15 PM
      The Social and Cultural Life of the Ukrainian Community in the 1960s
      Archival Footage

      Ukraine 2001 (50 min), directed Natalia Chechel (chechel@...)

      Featuring unique and unseen archive footage from 1960s on the
      cultural and social life of the Ukrainian community in New York City
      with Josyp Hirniak and sculptor Mykola
      Chereshnevsky. The story of the personal and artistic life of one of
      the key actors of
      the twentieth-century theater provides an excellent window on the
      history of
      the Ukrainian state, the Ukrainian and American culture, and the
      immigrant experience. This archive footage will suggest that the
      Ukrainian community has been addressing not only the economic issues
      and security/foreign policy concerns,
      but the cultural and identity problems, in the past and present.

      The filmmaker will lead the discussion following the screening.

      FRIDAY 6 APRIL, 4.30 PM
      A Trial in Prague

      USA 2000 (105 min), directed by Zuzana Justman
      Contact: Gary Crowdus (TheCinemaG@...)

      At the height of the Cold War, an infamous political show trial took
      place in Czechoslovakia. In 1952 fourteen leading Communists,
      including Rudolf Slansky, the second most powerful man in the
      country, were tried on charges of high treason and espionage.
      Although they were innocent of these charges, they confessed, and the
      fourteen men, eleven of whom were Jews, were all convicted. Through
      testimonies, trial footage, archival films and extensive
      documentation, the film tells the story of the trial and the paranoia
      of the period. Among the people who appear in the film are Lise
      London, whose late husband Artur (released from prison in 1956) wrote
      about the trial in a widely published memoir "The Confession."

      Zuzana Justman, the filmmaker, and Bradley Abrams (Columbia U, USA)
      will lead the discussion following the screening.

      Next Year in Lerin

      UK 2000 (45 min), directed by Jill Daniels
      Contact: Jill Daniels (jill@...)

      The film tells the story of 28,000 Greek and Slavic Macedonian
      children who were taken from Greece in 1948 without their mothers, by
      the democratic Army to escape the Greek civil war and were dispersed
      to orphanages throughout the socialist system oriented East European

      Keith Brown (Watson Institute, Brown U, USA) will lead the discussion
      following the screening.

      SATURDAY 7 APRIL, 11.15 AM
      The Punishment

      Yugoslavia 2000 (91 min), directed by Goran Rebic
      Contact: Andrea Holley (holleya@...)

      'The film primarily focuses on young people who don't identify with
      these politicians and this country, who don't feel hatred towards
      others, who don't consider Albanians to be racially inferior, who
      don't have any problems with the fact that Croatia has become an
      independent state.' Goran Rebic. In cityscapes and interviews, the
      film tells of conditions in Belgrade immediately after NATO's bombing
      campaign. Setting out to make a film about 'the other Serbia', Goran
      Rebic listened to the people who aren't quoted in newspapers -
      artists, schoolchildren, philosophers, human rights activists -
      citizens opposed to the Milosovic regime but who cannot approve of
      NATO's strategy either. Rebic doesn't think in terms of ethnic
      groups. His protagonists don't speak for everyone; they are
      individuals, not representatives. The Punishment is a cinematic essay
      about dissidence and destruction, about the loss of hope and home.

      James Gow (King's College London, UK) ) will lead the discussion
      following the screening.

      SATURDAY 7 APRIL, 2.15 PM
      Good Kurds, Bad Kurds: No Friends but the Mountains

      USA 2000 (79 min), directed by Kevin McKiernan
      Contact: Andrea Holley (holleya@...)

      A war of national liberation or a war against terrorism? Filmmaker
      and acclaimed freelance journalist Kevin McKiernan poses this
      question at the outset of this stirring, provocative film lensed by
      legendary cinematographer Haskell Wexler. It's all in how you define
      "good" and "bad": "Good Kurds" are those in Iraq; they're Saddam
      Hussein's victims whom we want to help. "Bad Kurds" are those waging
      an armed insurrection against US ally Turkey; they're at the
      receiving end of US weapons. McKiernan went to northern Iraq to cover
      the uprising against Saddam. Just a few miles away, no one was
      covering the hidden war in Turkey, so he decided to bring out the
      story. The film brings sharp clarity to a complicated history while
      providing disturbing insight into both US immigration and foreign

      SATURDAY 7 APRIL, 4.30 PM
      War in the Land of the Mujaheddin

      Italy 2000 (120 min), directed by Alberto Vendemmiati and Fabrizio
      Contact: Giuseppe Petitto  (production@...)

      In this journalistic report, a surgeon and a war correspondent decide
      to join forces and set up a hospital in Afghanistan. The
      fundamentalist Taliban now have the society firmly in their grasp.
      Houses and schools have been burnt down, sons killed on the
      battlefield and almost everybody is hungry. Women are beaten up in
      the street if they are wearing sandals that show part of their legs,
      so everyone is terrified of breaking the extremely strict rules of
      the Taliban, another woman explains. Meanwhile, tanks have conquered
      the mountains, soldiers are trigger-happy and the landscape is strewn
      with mines, which are stepped on every day by countless innocent
      victims. The documentary is interlaced with images from the
      operations and does not spare the spectator. 'Jang' (which means
      'war' in the language of the Dari) contains a series of shocking

      Barnett Rubin (Center on International Cooperation, NYU, USA) will
      lead the discussion following the screening.

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