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WJFF: Murder in Polna

Date: 20 May 2017 12:15 PM - 23 May 2017 11:30 PM, Venue: DCJCC / Bethesda Row

The Washington Jewish Film Festival presents "Murder in Polna," a riveting, timely and chilling historical drama that explores the Hilsner affair, a criminal investigation that veered dangerously off course due to simmering anti-Semitism in 1899 Czechoslovakia.

Murder in Polna
Dirs. Viktor Polesný and Vaclav Jester
(180 min, Czech Republic, 2016, Czech with English subtitles)
Narrative | East Coast Premiere

Local police, stumped by the brutal murder of a young girl, attach ritual motivations to her killing, which occurred around Passover. Despite significant holes in this theory, the finger is pointed at young Jewish local Leopold Hilsner, and anti-Jewish rioting commences. Luckily, Tomáš G. Masaryk—a tempered sociologist who would eventually become Czechoslovakia’s first President—intervenes.

Dates / Locations: 

Saturday, May 20, 12:15 pm - Edlavitch DCJCC

Tuesday, May 23, 6:30 pm - Bethesda Row Cinema