The Silver Screen

6 April marks the debut of the film, “Ivan’s Childhood” sometimes also known as “My Name is Ivan”. It was the premiere film of Soviet director Andrei Tarkovsky. The film relates the story of a …

I Knock at the Door

30 March marks the birthday of Irish playwright and memoirist, Sean O’Casey. O’Casey was the first Irish playwright of note to focus his work on the themes of the Dublin working class. O’Casey’s father died …

Coal Country

On 28 March, 1977, the film, ‘Harlan County, USA’ was awarded the ‘Best Documentary’ Oscar at the 49th Annual Academy Awards. The film, which chronicles a protracted struggle of 180 miners and their wives against the …

A Grand Hungarian

25 March marks the birthdate of Hungarian composer and pianist, Bela Bartok, in 1881. The picture above is of a statue of Bartok in Mako, Hungary. In Pozsony, Bartok gave his first public recital at …

Who Will Speak Out?

6 March marks the day on which Martin Niemöller died in 1984. Niemoller was a German Lutheran pastor and theologian born in Lippstadt, Germany, in 1892. A German Navy and WWI Veteran, Niemöller was a …

A Powerful Voice

21 February marks the birthday of singer Nina Simone. The sixth child of a preacher’s family in North Carolina, Simone aspired to be a concert pianist. Her musical path changed direction after she was denied …

Man with a Movie Camera

11 February marks the day that Sergei Eisenstein died in 1948. Eisenstein was a Soviet movie director and film theorist and is recognized world-wide as a pioneer in film making. At the Petrograd Institute of …

Citizen 13660

10 February marks the birthday of Mine Okubo in Riverside, California in 1912. Okubo is best known for her graphic illustrated memoir in which she told the story of her families internment during World War …