This documentary film will be screened at Swansea University on Monday 15 June 2015. All welcome.

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My Friend the EnemyThe guest speaker at this year’s Postgraduate Symposium in the Department of Languages, Translation and Communication is acclaimed historical film-maker Wanda Koscia who will show and discuss My Friend the Enemy, a  50-minute documentary about reconciliation between Poles and Ukrainians seventy years after fierce inter-communal fighting and attempted ethnic cleansing cost the lives of 10,000s of civilians. The testimony of both survivors and contemporary inhabitants of these once contested border regions is poignant, their collective tale of the savagery which can be unleashed in times of war timely. My Friend the Enemy will challenge and fascinate anyone with an interest in the history of the Second World War in Eastern Europe, Memory and Trauma, and the techniques involved in capturing oral histories on film.

Wanda Koscia is the director of Battle for Warsaw ’44 (2005) and worked as a director / producer on Putin, Russia and the West (2011) and The Nazis: A Warning from History (1997).

For a trailer to My Friend the Enemy, plus reviews and comment, see: www.myfriendtheenemyfilm.com.  See also: Nine Lives: Ethnic Conflict in the Polish-Ukrainian Borderlands (London: Serif, 1999/2013) by Waldemar Lotnik with Julian Preece.

The screening will be held on Monday 15 June 2015, 6pm-7.30pm in Glyndwr A, Glyndwr Building, Swansea University.

Enquiries:  Professor Julian Preece (j.e.preece@swansea.ac.uk).