A panel discussion will follow this screening as part of a special opening weekend event
Join us for a special screening of the new film Aftermath, followed by a panel discussion with Father John Pawlikowski, Professor Stauter-Halsted, and Robert Rusiecki, Consul at Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago.
A leading figure in the Christian-Jewish dialogue, Father John Pawlikowski was the two-term President and Chair of the Theology Committee of the International Council of Christians and Jews (ICCJ). He remains on ICCJ’s board as immediate past president. Pawlikowski is a member of the Catholic Theological Society, the American Academy of Religion, the Society of Christian Ethics (past board member), the Ethics Working Group of the World Conservation Union, and the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future. He also served as the pincipal theological consultant for the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Statement on Energy. For more information, visit www.ctu.edu/academics/john-t-pawlikowski-osm
Professor Stauter-Halsted is a specialist in the history of modern Eastern Europe, Poland, Jewish history, gender history, and the Holocaust. Much of her publications examine non-elite social classes and excluded population groups in Polish society. Her work has also explored Polish-Jewish relations and the history and culture of Jewish communities in Poland. Among her publications is The Nation in the Village: The Genesis of Rural National Identity in Austrian Poland, 1848-1900 (Cornell University Press, 2001), which won the Polish Studies Association’s Orbis Prize for outstanding book on Polish affairs in 2002. For more information, visit history.las.uic.edu/history/people/faculty/keely-stauter-halsted
A tense and gripping thriller, Aftermath tells the story of two brothers: Jozek (Maciej Stuhr) and Franek (Ireneusz Czop), who discover a terrible secret and are forced to revise their perception of their father, their entire family, their neighbors, and the history of their nation.
Inspired by actual events, Aftermath cause controversy in its native Poland due to its present-day reckoning with a dark period in that country’s history, leading the film to be banned in some Polish cinemas.