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Eastern Europe History & Politics

Eastern Europe, Breaking with the Past.

Pt. 1. America's relations with Eastern Europe.--Pt 2. Vaclav Havel: leadership in Eastern Europe.--Pt. 3. Ceausescu: Eastern Europe's last dictator?--Pt. 4. Touched by the revolution.--Pt. 5. Tapestry of history.--Pt. 6. Memories of childhood and war.--Pt. 7. At the cross-roads: Eastern European Jewry.--Pt. 8. Theater and the revolution.--Pt. 9. Germany reunites.--Pt. 10. The Polish experience.--Pt. 11. A new world of television.--Pt. 12. An animated journey.--Pt.13. A generation of artists. Performers: Host, Robert Siegel.

Either - Or

A film by Peter Forgacs. Having carefully collected home movies, particularly from the thirties and forties, Forgacs renders lyrical portraits of bourgeois families, mostly from Budapest. The families find protection from the terrors of socialism in the private sphere and the ancient human dramas, while in civil life everything goes on even if they do not see what they look at. 1989. 43 min.

Ethnic Fault Lines

The first segment tracks the influence of old ethnic hatreds and fears through the rise of neo-Nazi groups targeting Jews and gypsies which threaten human rights in Hungary. The second segment previews film entries in the 1993 Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs broadcast May 5, 1993. 27 min.

Ethnic Fault Lines Revisited

The first segment examines the ethnic tensions in Nogorno-Karabakh, an Armenian Christian enclave surrounded by the largely Muslim former Republic of Azerbaijan. The second segment is a report from inside Serbia about a large Muslim enclave that was, until recently, free of the horrors of "ethnic cleansing." Includes interviews of these Serbian muslims about their hopes and fears for the future. Segment from the television program Rights & wrongs broadcast September 22, 1993. 27 min. ea.

Europe, The Mighty Continent: A Certain Amount of Violence.

Analyzes major historical developments in Europe in the mid-1950's. Discusses the Soviet suppression of the Polish and Hungarian revolts, British and French involvement in the Suez, and the formation of the European Economic Community. 52 min. 1988.

Europe, The Mighty Continent: A European Idea.

Analyzes recent developments in Europe such as the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, the weakening of the European Economic Community by the Middle East War and subseqent oil crisis, and the evolution of detente in relations between East and West. Discusses prospects for Europe's future. 52 min. 1988.

Europe, The Mighty Continent: A World to Win.

Examines the forces of unrest which disrupted European stability at the beginning of 20th century, including colonial nationalism, industrialization, socialism, trade unionism, and various reform movements. Analyzes the causes and effects of the 1905 revolution in Russia. 1988.

Europe, The Mighty Continent: Are We Making a Good Peace?

Analyzes the considerations that affected the formulation of the Treaty of Versailles. Discusses the civil war and counterrevolution in Russia. 52 min. 1988.

Europe, The Mighty Continent: Form! Riflemen, Form!

Analyzes conditions in Europe that made Hitler's and Mussolini's rise to power possible. Discusses Stalin's five-year plans in the Soviet Union, the civil war in Spain, and the signing of the Nazi-Soviet Pact of 1939. 52 min. 1988.

Europe, The Mighty Continent: Hey-day Fever.

Examines European state of affairs at the turn of the 20th century. Discusses Europe's worldwide economic leadership, its achievements in the arts, science and technology, and its skillful political leadership, all of which contributed to its international preeminence. 52 min.1988.