Docs In Progress and We Are Takoma are co-presenting this free community film screening of Three Stories of Galicia by Olha Onyshko and Sarah Farhat. No tickets or RSVPs are required.
About the Film
A Jewish man whose family chose to save the life of its worst enemy. A Ukrainian woman who endured the theft of her children to save her country. A Polish priest who risked everything to end the sectarian hatred that tore at his parish. They all came from a land where the Second World War never ended and where children grow up with the burden of fighting the battles of their grandparents.
The land was called Galicia. The people who lived there were Jews, Ukrainians and Poles. When the Second World War erupted, Galicia was caught in the ruthless struggle between Hitler’s Third Reich and Stalin’s Red Army. In their quest to rule the world, those two empires made use of the ethnic jealousies between Ukrainians, Jews and Poles, and fueled some of modern history’s worst ethnic conflicts. But in the midst of evil, where trust had lost its meaning and human life had no value, there were those who were willing to risk what little they had left to do what was right instead of what was easy.
In the epic settings of the events that changed the course of modern history, this film reveals the intimate stories of three courageous individuals who took it upon themselves to preserve the dignity of the human spirit.
The film screened as a work-in-progress with Silver Spring-based arts nonprofit Docs In Progress in 2009. It has since been shown at festivals , in theaters, and specialized screenings around the world, including Cambridge University and a five-city tour in Ukraine. This special screening is also commemorating the Holocaust Days of Remembrance.
Following the screening, filmmakers Sarah Farhat and Olha Onyshko will answer questions about the content and making of the film.
This free screening will take place at the Takoma Park Community Center Auditorium (7500 Maple Avenue in Takoma Park, MD). The Community Center is off Philadelphia Avenue between Piney Branch and Carroll. Parking is free. If taking Metro, the walk from the Takoma Park Metro Station is about 20 minutes or you can take Ride-On Buses 25 (towards Langley Park) or 12 (towards Silver Spring) to the Community Center.
This screening is co-sponsored by We Are Takoma, an arts and humanities programming series sponsored by the Takoma Park City Government and is also supported by funding from the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County and the Maryland Humanities Council.