Mar 26, 2015 7:00 PM
Bravery in Film
An evening of film and informal discussion with film enthusiasts and scholars.
Courageous Warriors – Women Documentary Filmmakers
March marks the month of International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month. In a salute to the extraordinary women who shaped the face of film in the Czech Republic and America, film scholar and lecturer Mary E. Fetzko will present a short talk: Courageous Warriors – Women Documentary Filmmakers. The talk will briefly introduce Czech documentary directors Helena Třeštíková, Olga Sommerová, and Věra Chytilová, as well as compare their American counterparts who helped pave the way for women in the documentary realm in the United States. Celebrate the monumental filmmakers and instrumental documentaries that are pushing boundaries on how women are perceived in today’s world and giving a voice and perspective to women in film.
In the Shadow of Memory
The talk will be followed by the screening of the powerful documentary film In the Shadow, based on the life-story of Jerri Zbiral, whose mother and sister survived the Nazi destruction of the Czech village of Lidice during World War II. The stories had a profound impact on Jerri’s life.
This film is an exploration of the ongoing
effects of tragedy on future generations. The village of Lidice was destroyed
in 1942, in retaliation for the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, a
mastermind of Nazi genocide. All the men were murdered, all women were sent to
Ravensbrück concentration camp, all but 9 of 91 children were gassed. After the
war, the women who survived the concentration camp, including Jerri Zbiral's
mother and half-sister, returned to Lidice. Filmed in the Czech Republic and
Evanston, Illinois, In the Shadow of Memory consists of interviews with
survivors, German visitors to the 50th anniversary memorial, and Jerri’s
family, including her children.
Dir.: Jacky Comforty, 2007, 52 min.
Max Zbiral, son of Jerry Zbiral
Emma Zbiral, daughter of Jerry Zbiral and filmmaker
Mary E. Fetzko, film lecturer
Barbara Karpetova, Director of the Czech Center
Jerri Zbiral (née Jaroslava Irena Zbiralova) was born in Prague. Her mother Anna and half-sister Eva were survivors of the Lidice tragedy in 1942. Jerri’s mother spent the last three years of WWII in Ravensbrueck concentration camp, while Jerri’s sister Eva was sent to live with an aunt in Germany as part of the Nazi Lebensborn program. Jerri’s mother walked back to Czechoslovakia after the war and was reunited with Jerri’s sister. Following the communist coup in 1948, the family left Czechoslovakia. In 1982, Jerri started to record the stories of her relatives and others who had survived the Lidice massacre. Ten years later, she and her husband Alan Teller, created the film In the Shadow of Memory about the tragedy and her own relationship to the event.
Mary E. Fetzko received her M.F.A. in Film
and Electronic Media from American University in Washington, DC (2004) and also
studied fiction filmmaking and directing at the Film and Television Academy of
Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague, Czech Republic (1998). Her thesis documentary
film Beyond Borders delves into the
life a Salvadoran immigrant trying to achieve the American dream. Currently,
she works at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington, DC, and has
helped cultivate film series with the Avalon Theatre, the National Gallery of
Art, AFI Silver Theatre, universities, and others. She has a great passion for culture and
Photo courtesy of Jerri Zbiral
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Mar 26, 2015 7:00 PM