Screening of "Once My Mother"

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
6:00pm - 9:00pm
707 IAB, 420 W 118th St
Please join the Harriman Institute, East Central European Center and Columbia University Central and Eastern European Club for a film screening of the award-winning Polish war film, Once My Mother.

When Australian filmmaker Sophia Turkiewicz was seven years old, her Polish mother, Helen, abandoned her in an Adelaide orphanage. Sophia, never forgetting this maternal act of betrayal, examined her troubled relationship with Helen, discovering the story behind Helen's miraculous wartime escape from a Siberian gulag and the truth about a historic betrayal involving Stalin and the Allies.

With Helen sliding into dementia, Sophia must confront her own demons. Did she ever truly know this woman who became her mother? Does she have it in her heart to forgive her? And is it too late?

The film will be presented by Columbia Senior Lecturer Anna Frajlich and the event will be moderated by filmmaker Sophia Turkiewicz and producer Rod Freedman.

The screening is free and open to the public.  

To RSVP, contact Anna Nejedla at