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Documenting the Prague Spring: A Film Screening & Discussion of Oratorio for Prague

Ania Aizman and Jindrich Toman
Monday, September 13, 2021
7:30-9:00 PM
1010 Weiser Hall Map
One of the most powerful documentaries ever made, Oratorio for Prague contains the only footage from the Soviet-led invasion of Prague in 1968. Czech New Wave filmmaker Jan Nemec began filming with the intention to document Prague Spring, a celebration of the new-found liberalization of Czechoslovakia, but the film's subject took a dramatic turn when Soviet tanks rolled through the streets.

Ania Aizman is assistant professor of Slavic languages and literatures and postdoctoral scholar in the Michigan Society of Fellows and the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia. She researches political art and social movements in Russia and East and Central Europe.

Jindrich Toman has been professor of Slavic languages and literatures at the University of Michigan since 1987. He specializes in the cultures and languages of Central Europe, including modern Czech literature and art. As a witness of events in Czechoslovakia in 1968, he will share with the audience his reactions to Nemec's documentary and reminisce about the events around the so-called Prague Spring.

This is an in-person event for U-M students, faculty, and staff only. You may participate remotely by registering at
Those attending remotely may access the film at

If there is anything we can do to make this event accessible to you, please contact us at Please be aware that advance notice is necessary as some accommodations may require more time for the university to arrange.
Building: Weiser Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: European, Film, History, International
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, International Institute, Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia, Slavic Languages & Literatures

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