During the In Memoriam tribute at the 2017 Academy Awards on Sunday, February 26, many notable talents were honored including the late Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda.
To honor his work and memory, the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust will screen two of Wajda’s iconic films: Katyn on Sunday, March 5 and Afterimage on Wednesday, March 29. Each screening will be followed by a discussion with Professor of the History and Theory of Cinema Stuart Liebman, CUNY, joined on March 5 by Professor of Film Andrzej Krakowski, City College, CUNY.
Living in Kraków during World War II, Wajda hid on the second floor of his uncles’ house, going outdoors as little as possible for fear of the oppressive and brutal control of the Nazis. After the war, Wadja studied to be a painter at Kraków's Academy of Fine Arts before entering the Łódź Film School under Aleksander Ford. In 1954, Wajda’s first film, A Generation, expressed his disdain of war and blind nationalism. A Generation was followed by increasingly accomplished films, including Ashes and Diamonds and Everything for Sale. In 2000, the director was honored with an honorary Oscar for his many contributions to cinema. Over the course of his career, Andrzej Wajda was continually dedicated to chronicling the socio-political history of Poland. In October 2016, Wajda passed away.
Tickets for each screening are $15 for adults, $12 for members, and free for students with ID. Tickets are available on the Museum’s website at www.mjhnyc.org or by calling the box office at (646) 437-4202.