Mar 3, 2015 - May 8, 2015
Acts of Courage
The Czech Center New York, under the auspices of the Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic to the United Nations and the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York, presents Acts of Courage, a program honoring the brave men and women who did not remain silent in the face of horror.
“The real test of a man is not how well he plays the role he has invented for himself, but how well he plays the role that destiny assigned to him.” ~Václav Havel
- Opening Reception
and Exhibition: Courage of an Artist –
Selected Works by Vojtěch Preissig
Followed by a documentary film screening of Accidental Army, Tuesday, March 3rd, 7PM
- Curator´s talk by Charlotta Kotik, Tuesday, March 10th, 7PM
- Memorial Service and Mass celebrated by Bishop Václav Malý at Carmel Church in Astoria, Sunday, March 15, 10:30AM
Acts of Courage Program:
events start at 7PM.
ACT I: Courage of Spirit – First Republic: March 3rd, 5th, 10th
ACT II: Courage to Survive – Holocaust: March 12th
ACT III: Courage to Die – Operation Anthropoid: March 19th, 24th
ACT IV: Courage to Go On – Lidice: March 14th, 26th
ACT V: Courage under Fire – Czechoslovak War Pilots: March 31st, April 2nd
ACT VI: Courage to Resist – Collectivization and Show Trials: April 7th, 9th, 10th
ACT VII: Courage and Sacrifice – Prague Spring: March 14th, 16th, 17th
ACT VIII: Courage of Dissent – Normalization: April 21st, 23rd, 24th, 28th
ACT IX: Courage of the Lone Warrior – Brothers Mašín: April 30th
ACT X: Courage of the Unknown Soldier – Liberation: May 1st, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Courage of an Artist
Exhibition of posters by Vojtěch Preissig curated by Charlotta Kotik.
Film screening 8PM Accidental Army –In collaboration with Vojensky Historicky Ustav,
OPENING RECEPTION: TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 7PM – 9:30PM
TUESDAY FILM CLUB:
Curators talk by Charlotta Kotik about the exhibition by Vojtěch Preissig
followed by screening of the film Schweik's New Adventures (Švejk bourá Německo), dir. Karel Lamač, 1943, 84 min,hraje Jan Masaryk
TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 7PM
Daybrake, dir. by Lewis Gilbert, 1975
Documentary about SS-General Reinhard Heydrich assassination in Prague in 1942.
TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 7PM
Sky Riders (Nebeští jezdci), dir Jindřich
Polák, 1968, 92min
Film about Czechoslovak pilots in the service of the Royal Air Force (RAF) in the UK during the Second World War.
TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 7PM
All My Compatriots (Všichni Dobří rodáci), dir.
Vojtěch Jasný, 1968, 115 min
Czech classic of the Czech New Wave Cinema about the normalization changes in a Moravian village in the 50s and 60s.
TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 7PM
Burning Bush (Hořící keř), dir. Agnieszka Holland, 2013, 234
TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 7PM
Magic Voice of a Rebel (Magický hlas Rebelky), dir.
by Olga Sommerová, 2014, 90 min
Documentary about Czech singer and dissident Marta Kubišová followed by Q&A with director.
TUESDAY, APRIL 21, 7PM
Havel Is Taking Holiday (Občan Havel jede na dovolenou),
dir. Jan and Adam Novák, 2005, 85
Documentary about Czech President Václav Havel’s trip from Prague to Bratislava in 1985.
TUESDAY, APRIL 28, 7PM
Patton, dir. by Franklin J. Schaffner, 1970, 170min
Awards winning American biographical war film about U.S. General George S. Patton during World War II
TUESDAY, MAY 5, 7PM
I Served Karel Čapek (Obsluhovala jsem Karla Čapka), dir. Helena Třeštíková, 2003, 28 min
Film about Alžběta Motlová, a housekeeper of the famous writer Karel Čapek, who hosted prominent figures of Czech culture in his home including the Czech President T.G. Masaryk. Followed by a lecture by Jiří Ellinger about TGM.
THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 7PM
SEVEN LIGHTS (Sedum Světel), dir. Olga
Sommerová, 2008, 57 min
Documentary about seven Jewish women, who share their experiences of the Holocaust and WWII.
Followed by a book presentation of “A century of Wisdom” about the life of Alice Herz-Sommer by Caroline Stoessinger.
THURSDAY, MARCH 12, 7PM
LIDICE, dir. Pavel Háša, 1965, 36
Documentary followed by a talk with Czech Ambassador to the US Petr Gandalovič about Operation Anthropoid.
THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 7PM
BRAVERY IN FILM
Lecture by Mary E. Fetzko about courageous documentary filmmakers followed by the film In the Shadow of Memory, dir. Jacky Comforty, 2007, 52 min.
THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 7PM
Documentary Muz ktery precenil ceskou dusi, dir. Pavel Palecek followed panel
discussion with General Jiri Verner
THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 7PM
The case of Dr. Horakova (Případ Dr. Horáková), dir. Jan Mudra, 1990, 55 min
Followed by Q&A with Neela Winkelmannova from Platform of European Memory and Conscience
THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 7PM
Lecture by Jaroslav Zajicek Deputy Chief of Mission of the Czech Embassy about Jan Palach
THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 7PM
Pavel Tigrid – European (Pavel Tigrid – Evropan) by Helena Třeštíková, 2004, 57 min
Followed by Q&A with Helena Třeštíková and Olga Sommerová
THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 7PM
So Far So Good
Talk by Jan Novák about his book about Mašín brothers So Far So Good (Zatím dobrý) winner of the Magnesia Litera price.
THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 7PM
World War II
Lecture by Igor Lukeš about his book about the end of the war.
THURSDAY, MAY 7
Lecture by Bishop Václav Malý about bravery
SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 6PM
SERVICE: Led by Bishop Václav Malý in Carmel Church in Astoria
SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 10:30AM
by Martinu Quartet
FRIDAY, APRIL 10, 7PM
by Eliška Cílková about pianos in Chernobyl
FRIDAY, APRIL 17
SOUNDS OF SERENDIPITY - Concert on a theme of bravery, courage, fortitude
FRIDAY, APRIL 24, 7PM
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From: Mar 3, 2015
To: May 8, 2015