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Q&A with GREEN BORDER Filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, Co-Presented by the New York Immigration Coalition

Saturday, June 22

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Moderated by Columbia University Film Professor Annette Insdorf

The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) is an umbrella policy & advocacy organization that represents over 200 immigrant and refugee rights groups throughout New York. The NYIC serves one of the largest and most diverse newcomer populations in the United States. The multi-racial and multi-sector NYIC membership base includes grassroots and nonprofit community organizations, religious and academic institutions, labor unions, as well as legal and socio-economic justice organizations. The NYIC not only establishes a forum for immigrant groups to voice their concerns, but also provides a platform for collective action to drive positive social change.

Agnieszka Holland is a Polish film director and scriptwriter, born in Warsaw in 1948. After graduating from FAMU in Prague in 1971 she began her film career working as an assistant director of Krzysztof Zanussi and was mentored by Andrzej Wajda. Throughout her work life the filmmaker was nominated for the Academy Award 3 times — in 1985 for ANGRY HARVEST, in 1990 for EUROPA EUROPA and 2012 for IN DARKNESS. Holland’s numerous features include OLIVIER, OLIVIER (1992), THE SECRET GARDEN (1993), TOTAL ECLIPSE (1995), JULIE WALKING HOME (2001), SPOOR (2017), MR. JONES (2019) and CHARLATAN (2020), among others. She also directed episodes of many notable TV series, including Treme and House of Cards. Previously, Film Forum premiered Holland’s films SHOT IN THE HEART (2001), based on Mikal Gilmore’s memoir, and BURNING BUSH (2013), set in the aftermath of the Prague Spring in 1968 Czechoslovakia.

Annette Insdorf is Professor of Film at Columbia University's School of the Arts, and Moderator of the popular "Reel Pieces" series at the 92nd Street Y, where she has interviewed 300 film celebrities. She is the author of the landmark study, Indelible Shadows: Film and the Holocaust (with a foreword by Elie Wiesel); Double Lives, Second Chances: The Cinema of Krzysztof Kieslowski; Francois Truffaut, a study of the French director's work; Philip Kaufman, and Intimations: The Cinema of Wojciech Has. Her latest book is Cinematic Overtures: How to Read Opening Scenes, currently in its fourth printing.

Supported by a Humanities New York Action Grant

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