A Place to Stand by Anna Ferens

A Place to StandLOCATIONS:

Orchard Lake Schools, Galeria, Bldg. #8: 3535 Indian Trail, Orchard Lake, MI 48324  CONTACT: Marcin Chumiecki at mchumiecki@orchardlakeschools.com

University of Michigan Auditorium 4, 812 East Washington St., Ann Arbor, MI 48109 CONTACT: Paulina Duda at paulidud@umich.edu

ORCHARD LAKE, MI — The Polish Mission of the Orchard Lake Schools is honored to present a screening of A Place to Stand, the landmark documentary by award-winning Polish filmmaker Anna Ferens, in cooperation with the Polish Consulate in Chicago.  A Place to stand was released in January and had its premier at the European Parliament in Brussels in honor of the 25th anniversary of the democratic transformations of Europe, beginning with Poland.  The film is being presented by the Polish Mission in solidarity with those who stand for independence in Ukraine.

Anna Ferens will be present at the screening to personally introduce Michigan audiences to the film, and will take questions from the audience afterward.  Following the screening in Orchard Lake, Ferens will travel to Ann Arbor, for a second screening at the University of Michigan.

THE DIRECTOR– Ferens is an award-winning Polish documentary director, screenwriter, and journalist, with degrees in journalism from Warsaw University and business advertising from the French Institute of Government in Warsaw.  Previous films include the acclaimed What Can Dead Prisoners Do? (2010), I Saw a Nation United (2011), The Art of Survival (2012).

Ferens’s probing and often controversial films have received awards at the European Crossroads Festival (2006), the Chicago International Television Awards (2007), the New York Polish Film Festival (2008), the Roma Fiction Fest Award (2009), and the Restored Memory Film Festival (2010), among other festivals.

THE VENUE — The historic Galeria building (Art Gallery) on the Orchard Lake Schools campus will provide an intimate setting for guests, alongside the Forbidden Art exhibition from the Auschwitz-Birkeau State Museum.

THE HISTORY  — The collapse of the Berlin Wall was the culminating point of the revolutionary changes sweeping east central Europe in 1989. Throughout the Soviet bloc, reformers assumed power and ended more than 40 years of dictatorial communist rule. The reform movement that ended communism in east central Europe began in Poland.