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Release: Oct. 9, 2000

UI CAMPUS NOTES -- IOWA CENTER FOR THE ARTS

UI INTERNATIONAL WRITING PROGRAM SCREENINGS OCT. 16 & 24 -- The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will host free screenings of films written by current participants Motti Lerner from Israel and Martin Rejtman from Argentina on Oct. 16 and 24.

Lerner’s film "Kastner’s Trial" will be shown at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16 in Room 40 of UI Schaeffer Hall, and Rejtman’s "Silvia Prieto" will be shown at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24 in Room 101 of the Becker Communication Studies Building. A question-and-answer session will follow each screening.

Lerner wrote "Kastner’s Trial" for Israeli television. The film tells the story of Dr. Rudolf Kastner, a Hungarian Jewish leader, who, through direct negotiations with the Nazis, saved thousands of Jewish lives during World War II. In 1954 he was denounced as a collaborator in a dramatic trial in Israel, and he was assassinated in 1957 by a right wing militant group. The 1993 film, directed by Uri Barbash, will be shown in Hebrew with English subtitles.

Rejtman’s 1999 film, a low-key comedy about a disaffected young woman in Buenos Aires who makes a half-hearted attempt to change her life, will also be subtitled in English. "Silvia Prieto" received its U.S. premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and was also shown at festivals in Berlin, Miami, Puerto Rico and San Francisco.

The screening of "Silvia Prieto" is co-sponsored by the Institute for Cinema and Culture, the department of cinema and comparative literature, the department of Spanish and Portuguese and the Latin American Studies Program.

A unique residency program, the IWP brings established writers of the world to the UI, where they become part of the lively literary community on campus. Founded in 1967, the program has played host to nearly a thousand writers from 115 countries.

This year, under new director Christopher Merrill, the IWP is hosting 18 writers from 15 countries. To learn more about the IWP, visit the program’s site on the World Wide Web: http://www.uiowa.edu/~iwp.

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IWP STAGES READING FOR PLAYWRIGHTS -- The University of Iowa International Writing Program will present a free reading of scripts by playwrights Mike Finn (Ireland), Motti Lerner (Israel), Shivaprakash (India), Heng Siok Tian (Singapore) and Pascal Adyeeri Mugarra (Uganda) at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17 at Seacrest Residences.

Seacrest Residences is located on Osage Rd., east of Iowa City. From Iowa City, leave town traveling east on Muscatine Ave./American Legion Rd, and turn north on 420th St. after approximately six miles. Travel approximately two miles on 420th St. and turn east on Osage Rd. After about a mile you should see the red octagonal barn at Seacrest.

A unique residency program, the IWP brings established writers of the world to the UI, where they become part of the lively literary community on campus. Founded in 1967, the program has played host to nearly a thousand writers from 115 countries.

This year, under new director Christopher Merrill, the IWP is hosting 18 writers from 15 countries. To learn more about the IWP, visit the program’s site on the World Wide Web: http://www.uiowa.edu/~iwp.