• Behind the Iron Gate

    2009. Poland/USA. Heidrun Holzfeind. 55 min.

  • Open House

    2009. USA. Diane Nerwen. 31 min.

Followed by a discussion with Diane Nerwen and Heidrun Holzfeind

Wednesday, March 3, 2010, 7:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

  • Behind the Iron Gate

    2009. Poland/USA. Directed by Heidrun Holzfeind. Za Zelazna Brama was one of the biggest housing estates built in the center of Warsaw between 1965 and 1972. Based on modern rational principles—the complex consists of nineteen blocks of buildings, each sixteen floors high—it was once considered a symbol of Polish socialist prosperity and technological progress. Today the blocks, with their small, substandard apartments, are regarded by many as an unpleasant reminder of the Communist era. Behind the Iron Gate juxtaposes conversations with the inhabitants with recordings of daily life in and around the blocks, examining the transformation of social life and the adaptation of the modernist architecture to today’s needs. World premiere. In Polish; English subtitles. 55 min.

  • Open House

    2009. USA. Directed by Diane Nerwen. In recent years, Williamsburg, one of the most visibly transformed neighborhoods in New York City, has seen a host of new residential construction and glass-and-steel structures spring up on blocks long defined by factories and modest row houses. While the housing bubble was deflating across the country, forty-story luxury buildings were being erected along the Brooklyn waterfront at an unprecedented rate. Chronicling developers literally tearing apart the neighborhood and frenzied property owners desperate to cash in before the market collapses, Open House reveals an urban renewal project on a scale not seen since Robert Moses’s “slum” clearance of the 1960s. 31 min.