Screening of "Once My Mother," An Award-Winning Wartime Drama

Academic | Arts: Film
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International Affairs Building, Room 707
Date from: 
2014-11-25 18:00:00
Date to: 
2014-11-25 21:00:00
Please join us for the screening of Once My Mother, an award-winning film by Polish filmmaker Sophia Turkiewicz. The film will be presented by Columbia Senior Lecturer Anna Ferens and the event will be moderated by Sophia Turkiewicz and the films producer Rod Freedman.

When Australian filmmaker Sophia Turkiewicz was seven years old, her Polish mother, Helen, abandoned her in an Adelaide orphanage. Sophia never forgot this maternal act of betrayal. Now in middle age, as Sophia examines her troubled relationship with Helen, she discovers the story behind Helens miraculous wartime escape from a Siberian gulag, her subsequent survival against the odds and the truth about an historic betrayal involving Stalin and the Allies.

With Helen sliding into dementia, Sophia must confront her own demons. Did she ever truly know this woman who became her mother? Does she have it in her heart to forgive her? And is it too late?

Polish dinner will be served.

The screening is free and open to the public and sponsored by the Harriman Institute, East Central European Center, and Columbia University Central and eastern European (CUCEE) Club

Please RSVP to Anna Nejedla at

The awards include:

BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY, Australian Directors Guild Awards
AUDIENCE AWARD, Krakow Film Festival
AUDIENCE AWARD BEST FILM, Canberra International Film Festival
BEST SOUND Nomination, AACTA Awards
FINALIST, Sydney Film Festival Documentary Competition
FINALIST, FIPA Festival Biarritz, In Competition

For further information regarding this event, please contact Filip Tucek by sending email to or by calling 9294218583.
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Event Date: 
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 18:00 to 21:00