Press room

Press Room - 2017

Film Screening - LENINLAND (2013)
Posted: 14/February/2017

15 February 2017

6:30 pm

LENINLAND (2013)
Directed by Askold Kurov, 52 min.
In Russian with English subtitles

The screening is introduced by Dr. Oksana Sarkisova (Blinken OSA)

Free admission | Limited seats are available on a first come first serve basis



In the USSR, the cult of Lenin had replaced the Orthodox religion that Communists wanted to eliminate. At the end of Soviet era, in the village Gorky, 20 kilometers from Moscow, the last and the most ambitious Museum of Lenin was built. In former days it had 3000 visitors per week, now it’s only 20. Today it looks like a temple of forgotten civilization, a place that has fallen out of time. But faithful to the ideas of Lenin the keepers of the museum remain. They wait for random visitors in the abandoned halls – and for the return of former times.


The story of the museum is shown through the two main characters Evgenia and Natalya, the caretakers of the museum. Natalya is 52 years old, a history teacher at the local school, fond of the Communism ideology, she really loves and respects Lenin. She likes the place where she works. 56 years old Evgenia is a scientific researcher. She’s also a hard-core new-age believer; she worships all sorts of gods, and considers Lenin one of the biggest among them. But after 10 years of dedicated work in the museum, she now wants to leave it and continue her spiritual journey in another place.

 
1956 Hungarian Refugees in the US - new photo galleries
Posted: 26/January/2017
A new photo gallery documenting how Hungarian refugees were treated from their arrival to their eventual resettlement, and another gallery specifically dedicated to honoring the tireless work of processing 1600 Hungarian refugees and obtaining scholarships for 800 of them at one of the 600 American universities participating in the World University Service (WUS) carried out by Gary Filerman and his colleagues in 1957 are now available on our Hungarian Refugees in 1956 website.
 
Call for Applications - Accredited Continuing Education Program for Teachers
Posted: 25/January/2017
Call for Applications - Accredited Continuing Education Program for TeachersScopes and Constraints in 20th Century Hungarian History Instructors: Historians András Mink and Krisztián UngváryOrganizer: Blinken OSA Archives / Central European UniversityContinuing education registration number: 27282-153-2016Number of credit hours: 30Course dates: February 11 - April 29The course meets 7 times on Saturdays: February 11, 25; March 11, 25; April 8, 15, 29.Course venue: Blinken OSA Archives, 1051 Budapest, Arany János u. 32.Number of attendees: 20Application requirements:Qualifications: University degree Recommended occupations: High School Teachers, History TeachersParticipation fee: noneDeadline for application: Saturday, February 5, 2017, midnightProgram description: The Hungarian political community is divided partly along apparently irreconcilable narratives and interpretations of its 20th century history.One of the main goals of this training is to offer helpful tools to explore the reasons behind this divide. The course focuses on 20th century traumas that generated radically different interpretations in Hungarian historical memory, triggering heated debates throughout the last century, and up to this day.The classes take place at the Blinken OSA Archives. The Archives, founded in 1995, houses an exceptionally rich analog and digital collection pertaining to the history of Communism and the Cold War, as well as European history of human rights and mass human rights violations. Exploring these collections, along with the wide ranging audiovisual sources, offers a unique opportunity to present and analyze the historical questions at hand. After getting acquainted with the source material, teachers will be able to introduce these sources into their own curriculum. The training ensures the professional exchange of ideas through lectures, panel discussions, source analysis, and the presentation of best practices – and will thus rely significantly on active participation.Submit applications to: kovacsia@ceu.eduDue to the limited space we encourage applicants to submit their applications early / Applications are processed on a first come first served basis.
 
Shooting the Revolution: Sergei Eisenstein’s October (1928)
Posted: 25/January/2017

Described by the director as “the first embryonic step towards a totally new form of film expression,” October was and remains a film of multiple challenges. It is the last installment of Eisenstein’s historical-revolutionary film epic, which began with the films Strike (1924) and Battleship Potemkin (1925). After the international success of Battleship Potemkin, Eisenstein was commissioned to create a film celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Bolshevik Revolution. The director used the occasion to experiment with new ways of editing, which he conceived as intellectual montage, as well as to construct a new authoritative account of recent history by presenting a dramatic and dramatized chronicle of the events leading up to and during the October Revolution. While his version of history was ultimately rejected by the commissioning authorities and the film underwent multiple reediting, it remains an important milestone in film history as well as an early lesson in cinematic memory politics.

This screening is the first event in the SHOOTING THE REVOLUTION film series that is part of the WHAT’S LEFT program series organized by the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives, which aims to revisit the complex socialist ideological and visual legacy in the year marked by the centennial of the Bolshevik Revolution.

Wednesday, January 25, 6pm

 

The screening is introduced by Dr. Oksana Sarkisova (Blinken OSA)