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Promised Lands: The Immigrant Experience and the Artist's Gaze


This summer the Consulate General of Croatia presents an extraordinary exhibition Merika about the Central European wave of immigrants between 1880 and 1914 at the Museum of Ellis Island. As the exhibition illustrates the immigration from Central Europe, all the Central European Cultural Institutes and Consulates operating in New York are participating in the so called "Central European Days" event series to draw attention to the region and the historical era of the immigration.

Films credits: Ah Amerika! by István Orosz (1984, Kecskemét, Hungary) 28 mins; Hunky Blues by Péter Forgács (2009, Hungary) 101 mins

The Balassi Institute of New York presents two works which walk the line between auteur and documentary films. Hunky Blues (2009, 101 min) is a feature length reflection on immigrants to the United States between 1890 and 1921. Director Péter Forgács uses a collage of materials (film excerpts, found footage, photos and interviews) to order the many layers of the immigrant experience into a poetic whole. In the mixed media short Ah, Amerika (1984, 28 min), graphic artist and animated filmmaker István Orosz uses documentary sequences and his animations over a soundtrack of interviews to give voice to experiences muted by the narratives of academic history.
The screening, which represents a one-time opportunity, will take place at Anthology Film Archives, on 19 June at 7.30pm. Due to very limited seating, reservations are highly recommended. To make a reservation, please write to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


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