WRITER: LENA BAKER
CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY KENYON
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: June 11, 2001
UI hosts Baltic film series as part of summer studies
A Baltic film series is one of the highlights of the 8th
annual Baltic Studies Summer Institute hosted this year by the University
of Iowa Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES). The
Institute offers intensive first-year Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian language
courses, as well as a course on Baltic history and culture.
The film series is free and open to the public, and it
includes films in English, films with English subtitles, and films in Latvian
with minimal dialogue. The films will be shown in Room 61, Schaeffer Hall
at 3:30 p.m. every Thursday during the months of June and July.
The following are dates and titles of this years
-- June 14: "One World: The Baltic States,"
a 60-minute report in which the One World camera crew documented two years
of struggle after the Baltic people declared their freedom in a "singing
revolution" that was largely a peaceful success. The film shows the dark
era that lingered in the fall of 1994 after the Russian troop withdrawal ended
a half-century of occupation.
-- June 21: "Naves Ena" (In the Shadow of Death,)
a film based on a classic of Latvian literature. It follows a group of ice
fishermen who have drifted out to sea and must come to grips with their impending
deaths while struggling to hold on to hope for rescue.
-- June 28: "Limuzins Janu Nakts Krasa" (Limousine
in the Colour of St. Johns Night,) about an old woman who wins an automobile
in a lottery, and suddenly her relatives come calling in the hopes that they
will inherit the car.
-- July 5: "Gods Mother is the Morning Star:
The Life and Art of Joseph Mender," a documentary about 92-year-old Joseph
Mender, a Lithuanian immigrant living in upstate New York. The film documents
Menders life, including his activism in the American labor movement,
his traditional art, and his mythological worldview that stems from his upbringing
-- July 12-13: "Baltic Tragedy" graphically
portrays Hitlers war on Russia in 11 original German wartime newsreels.
Four additional international documentaries present a well-rounded picture
of the tragic plight of the Baltic peoples during World War II. The film consists
of two parts with part one Thursday, July 12, and part two Friday, July 13.
-- July 19: "Estonia: A Tale of Two Nations,"
an informative profile of the continual struggle for freedom in Estonia, the
smallest republic in the USSR. The film includes interviews with the Estonian
prime minister, politicians, economists, journalists, and veterans.
For more information about the summer institute or the
film series, contact Blythe Burkhardt at 335-1436.