Kicking off our Fall/Winter Film Program is Anna Akhmatova: The Life of a Poet, directed by Helga Landauer, 2008, 59 mins.
Today I have so much to do
I must kill memory once and for all
I must turn soul to stone
I must learn to live again
Unless...Summer's ardent rustling
Is like a festival outside my window.
For a long time I've foreseen this
Brilliant day, deserted house.
These words are from Anna Akhmatova's poem "The Sentence," translated from the Russian by Judith Hemschemeyer. Akhmatova was a remarkable woman whose deeply felt poems chronicled Stalin's Terror, World War II, and what is called the Thaw in Russia after Stalin's death. She also explored her own local fame, her fall from grace, and her international renown shortly before her death. With poems far tighter and more powerful than any history, Akhmatova brings readers in with color, emotion, and confession.
- From "The Poetry of Anna Akhmatova", The New York Times, June 28, 2007
A discussion will follow the film. Light refreshments provided.
Suggested donation: $5-10 to help us with our rent!