European Studies Films
The acclaimed documentary ALMOST HOLY tells the story of Gennadiy Mohknenko, a Ukrainian pastor who has taken up the fight against child homelessness by forcibly abducting street kids and bringing them to his private rehabilitation center. Gennadiy's ongoing efforts and unabashedly tough love approach to his city's problems has made him a folk hero to some and a lawless vigilante to others.
The Power of the Powerless
Narrated by Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons, "The Power of the Powerless" explores Czechoslovakia's legacy of communist rule and the struggle against it: From the iron-fisted Stalinist government of the 1950s; through the vibrant and politically active Prague Spring of the 1960s; the hard-line backlash of the 1970s; and finally the bloodless revolution of 1989.
Young Plato charts the dream of an Elvis-loving, maverick Irish headmaster, determined to turn the fortunes of an inner-city community plagued by sectarian aggression, poverty and drugs. The all-boys primary school in post-conflict Belfast becomes a hot-house for questioning violence, as the boys go home each day armed with the wisdom of the ancient Greek philosophers to challenge parents and neighbors.
Slaughter Nick For President
When an out-of-work actor discovers through Facebook that he’s been wildly famous in Serbia for almost two decades, he sets out to discover why. SLAUGHTER NICK FOR PRESIDENT examines how Rob Stewart became a symbol of freedom for non-violent Serbian protests through his role as Nick Slaughter on CBS’s Tropical Heat (aka Sweating Bullets).
Franek and Jozek Kalina, sons of a poor farmer, are brothers from a small village in central Poland. Franek immigrated to the United States in the 80’s, and cut all ties with his family. Only when Jozek’s wife arrives in the US, without explanation, does Franek finally return to his homeland.
The Rape of Europa
The Rape of Europa tells the epic story of the systematic theft, deliberate destruction and miraculous survival of Europe’s art treasures during the Third Reich and the Second World War. In a journey through seven countries, the film takes the audience into the violent whirlwind of fanaticism, greed, and warfare that threatened to wipe out the artistic heritage of Europe.
The Zigzag Kid
Starring Isabella Rossellini (Blue Velvet, Enemy) THE ZIGZAG KID is a whimsical, witty, and action-packed adventure about an almost-thirteen-year-old boy named Nono and his world of confusions, fears and fantasies. Nono longs to be a good detective like his father, a famous police inspector, but his wild nature constantly gets him into trouble. Two days before his bar mitzvah, he is sent off to his uncle's to be disciplined yet again.