August 17, 2012 New Film Series Features Czech Documentary Films

Series Honors Director Miloš Forman on His 80th Birthday

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The Library of Congress, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Czech Republic, will present a new film series titled “Docs in Salute,” focusing on interesting personalities who have been touched by Jewish themes.

The series will begin with four documentaries that will be screened at the Library at noon on Sept. 4, Sept. 19, Oct. 10 and Oct. 17 in the Mary Pickford Theater, located on the third floor of the James Madison Building at 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

The film series, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored jointly by the Library’s Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation, The Embassy of the Czech Republic, the Washington Jewish Film Festival and the Hebrew Language Table. The films are in English and Czech with English subtitles. Tickets are not required.

The four documentaries are part of the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2012-Miloš Forman, celebrating Oscar-winning director Miloš Forman’s 80th birthday and achievements. It honors the best of Czech cinematography and the accomplishments of the transatlantic (Czech-American) film industry. For more information about the festival, visit External.

The first film in the series, “What Doesn’t Kill You” (30 minutes), pays tribute to Forman, a Czech-American director and screenwriter whose parents were both killed in the Holocaust. His films include “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Amadeus” and “The People vs. Larry Flynt.” The film screening on Sept. 4 will be followed by a discussion with Robert Rehak, Cultural Attache of the Embassy of the Czech Republic.

The series continues on Sept. 19 with the screening of “In the Shadow of Memory: Legacies of Lidice” (52 minutes), followed by a discussion with director Jerri Zbiral; “The Immortal Balladeer of Prague: Karel Hasler” (62 minutes) on Oct. 10, followed by a discussion with filmmaker Josef Lustig and the composer’s son, Thomas Hasler; and “Four Pairs of Shoes” (50 minutes) on Oct. 17, followed by a discussion with filmmaker Pavel Stingl.

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