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Free World Cinema Series at Monmouth University

With the 70th Anniversary of the end of World War II in 2015, Monmouth University presents a free film series titled “A World at War, 1937-1945: Triumph, Tragedy, Memory and Myth.” The series focuses on the life-and-death decisions that people made in the invaded countries to survive in the war, defend their homeland and beliefs, and protect their families.

Collectively, the films show episodes of resistance, collaboration, and heroism as well as the legacy of the global war for the later 20th century and our current century.

All films will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in the Pollak Theatre at Monmouth University. Admittance is free and open to public. The series is hosted by Dr. Thomas S. Pearson, professor in the Department of History & Anthropology, and is organized by the Office for Global Initiatives.

The movies and dates are:

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In The Fog (2012), the setting for this film is the Western frontiers of the USSR, 1942. The region is under German occupation. A man is wrongly accused of collaboration. Desperate to save his dignity, he faces impossible moral choices.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Zelary (2003), in this film, a nurse and her surgeon-lover are part of a resistance movement in 1940’s Czechoslovakia. When they are discovered, her lover flees and she must find a place to hide. A patient whose life she saved, a man from a remote mountain village where time stopped 150 years ago, agrees to hide her as his wife.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Woman in Berlin (2008), watch as a woman tries to survive the invasion of Berlin by the Soviet troops during the last days of World War II.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Ida (2013), this film shows how Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960’s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation.

Plot summaries are based on the IMDb web site.

For further information, please contact 732-571-4474.