Film Screening & Discussion: Karski & The Lords of Humanity

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Harriman Institute Atrium (12th Floor IAB, 420 West 118th St.)

Please join the East Central European Center and the Harriman Institute for a screening of Karski & The Lords of Humanity, a partially animated documentary about a member of the Polish underground during World War II. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with producer and director Sławomir Grünberg.

Run time: 72 minutes
Language: English

Karski & The Lords of Humanity is a partially animated documentary which tells the story of Jan Karski, a member of the Polish underground who acted as a courier during World War II and whose most prominent mission was to inform the Allied powers of Nazi crimes against the Jews of Europe in an effort to prevent the Holocaust. Jan Karski infiltrated the Warsaw Ghetto and a Nazi transit camp and carried his dreadful eye-witness report of the atrocities to Britain and the United States, hoping that it would shake the conscience of the powerful leaders oras he would later call themthe Lords of Humanity. In 2012 Jan Karski was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. 

The film's awards include: The Lavr Award 2016 - the Russian documentary "Oscar", Grand Prix at International Historical Film Festival, Warsaw, The Eagles Awards nomination - Polish documentary “Oscar” and Best Polish documentary at "Jewish Motives" International Film Festival in Warsaw

After the film, there will be a panel discussion with the director of the film, Sławomir Grünberg, featuring Professor Christopher Caes (Slavic Department, Columbia University), Professor Alan Timberlake (Director, East Central European Center) and Małgorzata Mazurek (professor of Polish Studies, Columbia University)

Sławomir Grünberg is an Emmy Award winning documentary producer, director and cameraman is a graduate of the Polish Film School in Lodz. Born in Poland, he immigrated to the US in 1981 and has since directed and produced over 45 documentary films including: Don't Cry When I'm Gone, Karski & The Lords of Humanity, Shimon’s Returns, Castaways, Santa Rosa, The Peretzniks, Portraits of Emotion, Coming Out in Poland, The Legacy of Jedwabne and Saved by Deportation. Grunberg’s film School Prayer: A Community At War, screened on PBS, received an Emmy Award. His credits as director of photography include: Legacy (Academy Award nomination for best documentary feature in 2001), and Sister Rose’s Passion, which won best short doc at Tribeca Film Festival in 2004 and received an Academy Award nomination for best documentary short in 2005.

For more information about the film, please visit the film's website and the website of the Jan Karski Educational Foundation,

Karski & The Lords of Humanity Trailer