WJFF Visionary Award

Sponsored by the Dweck Family

Angry Harvest

Dir. Agnieszka Holland
(105 min, Poland, 1985)
Polish with English subtitles

This remarkable Academy Award-nominated film tells a compelling story of love and desire during World War II. Middle-aged, lonely farmer Leon (Armin Mueller-Stahl, Avalon) rescues Rosa, a young upper-class Jewish refugee, as she is fleeing the Nazis. While he nurses her back to health, their relationship gradually grows more intimate, but disintegrates into a cat-and-mouse power struggle as Leon’s mixed motives for hiding Rosa emerge.

Contains graphic content.

The WJFF’s Annual Visionary Award recognizes creativity and insight in presenting the full diversity of the Jewish experience through the moving image. The 2017 honorees are two titans of independent cinema: Polish director Agnieszka Holland and the iconic American auteur Barry Levinson. Agnieszka Holland will join us for a special extended Q&A and Award ceremony presented alongside a screening of her Oscar nominated film Angry Harvest.

Co-presented by The Kosciuszko Foundation


Saturday, May 27, 7:00 pm
Sold Out*
AFI Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD

*For sold out screenings, a rush line will be available at the venue one hour prior to the start time where you will have the opportunity to wait in line and purchase tickets as they become available.


Followed by a special extended Q&A and Award ceremony with Agnieszka Holland, moderated by Dr. Cynthia Fuchs.

Agnieszka Holland is a Polish film director and scriptwriter. She began her career working with Krzysztof Zanussi as an assistant director with Andrzej Wajda as her mentor. Her debut feature Provincial Actors (1978), was heralded as a leader of the “cinema of moral disquiet” movement, and won the International Critics Prize at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival. In 1981, after Marshall Law was instituted in Poland, Holland emigrated to France.

Among her impressive and prolific catalog of films made in the west, highlights include Angry Harvest (1985), Europa Europa (1990), and In Darkness (2011)—all of which were nominated for Academy Awards.

Holland is actively involved in TV production, having directed seminal episodes of major US TV series including The Wire, Treme, The Killing, and House of Cards. Her latest film, Spoor, premiered at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival, where it was awarded the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize.

Dr. Cynthia Fuchs is the Director of Film & Media Studies at George Mason University. She is Associate Professor of English, African and African American Studies (AAAS), Film & Video Studies (FAVS), Sport and American Culture, and Women and Gender Studies (WMST). She is also affliated with the Center for the Study of Sport and Leisure in Society and War and the Military in Society.

Fuchs is the Film and TV Editor for the weekly cultural studies magazine, PopMatters (since 1999), film reviewer for Time to Play Magazine (since 2009), and frequent jurist for the Gotham Independent Film Awards.


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This event is currently SOLD OUT.  A rush line will be available at the venue one hour prior to the start time where you will have the opportunity to wait in line and purchase tickets as they become available.

This event finished on May 28, 2017.