On Tuesday, October 28th, the Center held a public screening of the 2010 documentary “Beats of Freedom: Or How to Overthrow a Totalitarian Regime with a Home-Made Amplifier” (“Zew wolności”) (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1542391/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1) at the Hippodrome. The film discusses the influence of Polish rock-and-roll during the reign of soviet communism in Poland. One reviewer of the film calls it a:
“Spirited movie about the birth of rock music in Poland. An unforgettable musical journey in
time, which becomes real thanks to the preservation of the unique and sometimes harrowing
recordings of the past 50 years. The vivid memories of iconic musicians and their surprising
confessions will make this an unforgettable film. Tear it up with the sharp sound. Open your
eyes and listen as Polish rock makes history.”
We had a great turnout as 57 people joined us for the screening, including UF students and faculty, as well as members of the Gainesville community. A ton of thanks go to Lisa Booth for planning and organizing the evening – a sometimes Kafkaesque task that demanded not just obtaining a copy of the film, but the rights to show it as well.
The Center is also in the process of starting a Polish library and reading room. About 50 letters were mailed to various Polish culture organizations around the country asking for books, dvds, posters, etc. to help stock the shelves with materials. We have already heard from several groups happy to help, including the Piłsudski Institute of America, The Kościuszko Foundation, The Sembrich, The Polish Mission in America, and the American Institute of Polish Culture. We should be getting boxes of books soon, so the bare shelves you see below will in no time be filled with Polish!
Polish Lecturer, CES