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Slavic and Eurasian Film Series: The Shop on Main Street (1965)

Tue, April 12, 2011 | GRG 102 Geography building

7:00 PM

Set in a small town in Slovakia during World War II, this film investigates questions of collaboration and resistance under totalitarian rule.  This is the story of Tono, an underemployed carpenter, and his ‘career’ as the Aryanizer of a store belonging to the elderly, Jewish Rozalie Lautmann.  Although the filmmakers inspired audiences to reflect on the limits of individual responsibility in Communist Czechoslovakia, The Shop on Main Street raises questions that we continue to ask ourselves today:  Why do ordinary people become participants in the dispossession, persecution, and murder of their neighbors?

All movies are free and have English subtitles

Sponsored by: The Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies

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