Polish Film Festival in America 

The 17th Polish Film Festival in America continues through Sunday, November 20, with documentaries screening by video projection at Society for Arts, 1112 N. Milwaukee. Tickets are $10, $8 students and seniors; a festival pass good for five screenings is available for $45. All films are in Polish with subtitles. For more information call 773-486-9612; for a full festival schedule visit www.pffamerica.com.

Among this weekend's screenings is a three-part retrospective of work by veteran Polish documentarian Jacek Blawut, who will attend. Headlining the first program, The Abnormal (1990, 78 min.) focuses on a music teacher who arrives at an educational center for mentally handicapped children and has only a month to school them on instruments (Fri 11/18, 9 PM). Born Dead (2004, 53 min.), a prizewinner at the Krakow film festival, is about a young career criminal assigned to a therapeutic facility for retarded children; it screens with I Had a Friend (1996, 29 min.), about a Polish peacekeeper who loses a leg in Sarajevo, and I Was a Wehrmacht General (1988, 19 min.), the true story of a Polish spy among the Nazis during World War II (Sat 11/19, 9 PM). The retrospective concludes with The Crowned Rat (57 min.), a personal chronicle of Blawut's friendship with a 30-year-old alcoholic, and A Native Country (2003, 26 min.), about a young man whose job as a census taker leads him into illuminating conversations (Sun 11/20, 5 PM).

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