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The 14th annual Polish Film Festival in America, produced by the Society for Arts, continues Friday, November 22, through Saturday, November 30. Screenings are at the Society for Arts, 1112 N. Milwaukee. Tickets are $7; passes, available for $40 (five screenings) and $80 (twelve screenings), are good for all programs. For more information call 773-486-9612. The schedule for November 22 through 28 follows; a complete schedule through November 30 is available on-line at www.chicagoreader.com.

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 22

Short documentaries, program one

Michal Rogalski of the Lodz Film School directed Film of a Lifetime--Pawel and Ewa, a portrait of a poor farming couple and their sons. In Dagmara Drzazga's Bobrek Dance, produced for Poland's Channel One, three boys in a poor section of Silesia learn to break-dance. 81 min. In Polish with subtitles. (7:00)

Green Card

Directors Jaroslaw Sypniewski and Slawomir Grunberg will attend this screening of episodes five through eight of their TV documentary series about immigration. None of the episodes is subtitled. 100 min. (9:00)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23

Kindergartenland

Episodes one through four of Barbara Pawlowska's documentary series about children, produced for Poland's Channel One. None of the episodes is subtitled. 100 min. (5:00)

Short documentaries, program two

Three recent TV documentaries produced for Channel One. In Piotr Kalukin's Twin Sisters, two 18-year-old girls being raised by different families discover that they're twins who were separated at birth. The Platform Prophecy, directed by Iwona Michalec, compiles man-on-the-steet interviews from 1975 in which people predict what their lives will be like in the year 2000. And in What Tigers Dream About, Wiktor Skrzynecki profiles two elderly circus performers. All are in Polish with subtitles. 83 min. (7:00)

Green Card

Episodes nine through twelve of the TV series (see listing for Friday, November 22). 100 min. Directors Jaroslaw Sypniewski and Slawomir Grunberg will attend the screening. (9:00)

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24

Ich Liebe Alle Frauen

The festival's tribute to Jan Kiepura, a tenor with the Warsaw State Opera who enjoyed some success in European movie musicals, continues with this 1935 feature directed by Carl Lamac. In German with subtitles. 90 min. (1:00)

Kindergartenland

Episodes five through eight of the TV series (see listing for Saturday, November 23). 100 min. (3:00)

Green Card

Episodes 13 through 15 of the TV series (see listing for Friday, November 22). 75 min. Directors Jaroslaw Sypniewski and Slawomir Grunberg will attend the screening. (5:00)

Chicago

Episodes one through three of Radoslaw Dunaszewski and Magdalena Piekorz's documentary TV series about Poles who have immigrated to Chicago. None of the episodes is subtitled. 75 min. Dunaszewski will attend the screening. (7:00)

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25

Short documentaries, program three

Two TV documentaries. In Piwnica (2001) director Antoni Krauze looks at Piwnica pod Baranami, a popular cabaret in Krakow after World War II. Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz directed the unsubtitled Love for a Vinyl Record, about "vanguard music in Poland." 84 min. (7:00)

Chicago

Episodes four through six of the TV series (see listing for Sunday, November 24). 75 min. Director Radoslaw Dunaszewski will attend the screening. (9:15)

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26

Kindergartenland

Episodes nine through eleven of the TV series (see listing for Saturday, November 23). 75 min. (7:00)

Chicago

Episodes seven through nine of the TV series (see listing for Sunday, November 24). 75 min. Director Radoslaw Dunaszewski will attend the screening. (9:00)

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 27

Short documentaries, program four

Three short documentaries produced for Poland's Channel Two. Jacek Lechtanski's A Black Spot is about auto fatalities. Ewa Swiecinska's Embalmer (2001) is about "the only embalmer in Poland," and her Projectionist, showing without subtitles, is about a mentally handicapped boy and his friendship with an elderly film projectionist. 76 min. (7:00)

Chicago

Episodes ten through twelve of the TV series (see listing for Sunday, November 24). 75 min. Director Radoslaw Dunaszewski will attend the screening. (9:00)

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