APFF supports and enjoys partnership with other cultural organizations in Austin. We hope you attend these interesting events presented by our community partners!

Wednesday, October 12th at 7:30pm

Polish Avant Garde Cinema: STRUCTURES OF THE ABSURD
GrayDUCK Gallery
2213 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702

Experimental Response Cinema welcomes Polish filmmaker Kamila Kuc, who will present a program of short avant garde films from Poland. The program is a selection of the historical and recent works of two leading Polish experimental filmmakers and conceptual artists, Józef Robakowski and Marcin Mierzicki. Their films deal largely with the constructed nature of the cinematic image and the role of performance within it. Both filmmakers’ favor simple, DIY methods of filmmaking. The necessity for both filmmakers to free themselves from narrative structures, as well as their attention to absurd in the everyday, are the guiding principles of this program. For details please follow the LINK.

Monday, October 17th at 4pm

College of Liberal Arts, UT Austin
CLA 1.302E
116 Inner Campus Dr, Austin, TX 78712
(off 23rd street and the San Jacinto Circle)


The Center of Russian , East European and Eurasian Studies (CREEES) presents the screening of a docudrama “Generations” (Pokolenia), a full-length docudrama made for the anniversary of the renowned Feature Film Studio in Wroclaw, Poland (Wytwórnia Filmów Fabularnych we Wrocławiu). It is a story of contemporary Poland told using fragments of works created at the studio. Out of the 450 titles made in Wrocław, Zaorski chose almost fifty. Their fragments, starting with Oscar lifetime achievement award winner Andrzej Wajda’s film “A Generation” (Pokolenie), through the films by Sylwester Chęciński, Wojciech Jerzy Has, Kazimierz Kutz, Roman Polański, Agnieszka Holland, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Wojciech Marczewski, Krzysztof Zanussi and many others, form a story about Poles starting from Nazi occupation through the elections of 1989. They include the period of Stalinist terror, “our little stabilization”, March 1968, unfulfilled expectations of the Gierek era, when martial law was enacted in 1981, and the roundtable negotiations of 1989. The film's narrator is renowned Polish actor from the 1950s, Zbyszek Cybulski, who guides us around the contemporary film studio and city of Wroclaw.
The director, Janusz Zaorski, will introduce the film and answer questions after. Janusz Zaorski is a Polish film director, scenarist and actor, representative of the "cinema of moral concern" movement (kino moralnego niepokoju) in Polish cinema.

Saturday, November 5th at 4pm

Regal Arbor Cinema, 9828 Great Hills Trail, Austin, Texas

Screening of Raise the Roof (85') part of the Austin Jewish Film Festival

Rivaling the greatest wooden architecture in history, the synagogues of 18th-century Poland inspired artists Rick and Laura Brown to embark on a 10-year pursuit—to reconstruct the elaborate roof and painted ceiling of the Gwozdziec synagogue. More than 200 of these unique wooden synagogues dotted the countryside, until the Nazis burned every last one to the ground. Though neither Jewish nor Polish, the Browns mastermind a remarkable effort to rebuild this architectural wonder. Leading over 300 students and professionals from 16 countries and employing period hand tools and artisanal techniques, the Browns and their team set about recreating the synagogue’s timber-framed roof and intricate mural designs. Despite seemingly impossible deadlines, hammering downpours and exhaustion, a profound relic slowly rises from the ashes. By the end of the project, they have done more than reconstruct a lost synagogue: they have recovered a lost world.

Saturday, November 5th at 9:00 pm

Regal Arbor Cinema, 9828 Great Hills Trail, Austin, Texas

Screening of A Grain of Truth (110') part of the Austin Jewish Film Festival

In this gripping, fast-paced mystery thriller adapted from a bestselling Polish novel by Zygmunt Miloszewski, a rapid succession of grotesque murders would seem to implicate a town’s vulnerable Jewish community in a modern-day blood libel. Once assigned to the case, a police investigator stubbornly refuses to succumb to anti-Semitic pressures from both the media and the public and instead races to identify the real culprit. As he finally discovers, the true circumstances behind the crimes were set in motion many decades earlier, in the shadows of the Holocaust.

Thursday, November 10th at 7pm

Regal Arbor Cinema, 9828 Great Hills Trail, Austin, Texas

Screening of Bogdan's Journey (90') part of the Austin Jewish Film Festival

Bogdan’s life work has been devoted to building trust and understanding in one town, Kielce! The film “Bogdan’s Journey” tells his story and that of Poles he invites into the effort of reconciliation.” Rabbi Haim Dov Beliak, Executive Director of Jewish Renewal in Poland.