30 MAY 7PM: THE DEATH OF CAPTAIN PILECKI  [pronunciation: Pea – lets – kee]

The Polish-Canadian Society of Nova Scotia presents two public screenings of Polish films.

The Death of Captain Pilecki is the story of the Polish Intelligence officer who was willingly imprisoned in Auschwitz in order to raise a resistance movement. He escaped more than two years later, and later participated in the Warsaw Uprising. After the war, his loyalty to the London-based Polish government led to his execution by the communist secret police. This film is co-presented with the Polish Consul in Nova Scotia, Mr. Jan Skora, and the Polish Embassy in Ottawa, to celebrate Polish Constitution Day.

Ida, this year’s winner of the Oscar for Best Foreign Film, has inspired awe in audiences around the world. Set in 1962, it tells the story of a young Polish woman who discovers, just before she takes vows to be a Catholic nun, that she is Jewish. With her aunt, a former Communist state prosecutor, she travels to investigate the fate of their family. This film is co-presented with the Atlantic Jewish Council.

Both screenings will be in Polish with English subtitles and will be held at the University of King’s College at 6350 Coburg Road, in the KTS Hall on the second floor of the New Academic Building. Tickets are available at the door: $5 for one film or $8 for both.

The Polish Film Festival has been co-organized by Dr. Dorota Glowacka (Contemporary Studies Programme) and Dr. Shannon Brownlee (Film Studies, Fountain School of Performing Arts, Dalhousie University), both of whom are Board members of the Polish Society of Nova Scotia. Dr. Glowacka will deliver opening remarks on Saturday and give a presentation about the film Ida, prior to the screening on Sunday.

For more information, visit pcsns.ca/events