October 20th: Movie Night

Dear Everyone,

 

We're inviting you to our next movie event on October 20th, at 6pm to the Kossuth House.

 

We're showing: Children of Glory.

 

Just like last time, we'll have soft drinks, popcorn, and snacks for you at the event.

 

Before the move, we'll discuss the story, and context of the movie.

 

Entry: $5

 

Children of Glory

Hungarian movie with English subtitles, 115 minutes

trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cw-MAP4cwo

 

The time is 1956, the coldest year of the Cold War and Hungary is politically dominated by the Soviet Empire. Yet, Hungary is also a superpower - the Hungarian national water polo team remains undefeated... invincible. While Communist oppression hangs like a dark cloud over the Hungarians' everyday life, the team's star athletes are shining heroes to the nation, treated like modern day rock stars with money jingling in their pockets and a beautiful girl on each arm.

 

As the film opens, the team is training for the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne. While, students at the University in Budapest are organizing the fight against the Russian occupation and the Hungarian secret police who terrorise the nation. The students light a spark that is quickly embraced by the nation - the police, the army and the peasants unite in the struggle for freedom.

 

Politics, however, are of no concern to Karcsi (Iván Fenyő), the handsome, hot-headed star of the team, and his best friend, Tibi (Sándor Csányi). But after witnessing a student demonstration and seeing the fiery Viki Falk's (Kata Dobó) demand that the students be allowed to speak, Karcsi becomes intrigued. He follows the beautiful girl and soon finds himself in the middle of a revolution, when a peaceful demonstration turns into bloody combat... students, children, and housewives battling the Russian tanks.

 

Drawn by his love for Viki, and by increasing outrage at the Russians' heavy-handed tactics, Karcsi joins the fight for freedom that rages through the streets of Budapest and into the world headlines.

 

Eleven days after the start of the revolution the Russians give into the demands of the students and the their soldiers and tanks leave Budapest. It's a joyful moment for all of Hungary. Viki persuades Karcsi that he must return to the water polo team and represent the new Hungary at the Olympics. It is only when the team has left Hungary that the truth is revealed -- the Hungarians have been betrayed. The Russians return with tank guns blazing, determined to put down the Hungarian revolution and establish once and for all their iron-fisted rule over all the countries under the sway of the Soviet Empire.

 

While Soviet tanks are blowing up his country, Karcsi and his team-mates fight for the gold at the 1956 Olympics. It is a fight over a ball in a swimming pool, but it is a battle that the whole world is watching, especially in Moscow and Budapest. The pride of free men and women everywhere are at stake as Karcsi and his team mates enter the Olympic arena against the Russians to show the world that while the battle in the streets at home may be lost, the spirit of Hungary will never be defeated.

 

This epic match in Melbourne was a high moment of sports drama in 1956 - in 2006 it will once again be one of the most talked about games in Olympic history - and inspiration to freedom loving people everywhere.

 

Location:
Kossuth House - 2001 Massachussetts Avenue, NW, Washington D.C. 20036

Directions:
Public Transport - Dupont Circle Merto station, red line.
Entrance from the 20th street.

Information:
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October 6th: Shortened opening hours

Dear Library Visitors,

This Saturday (10/6) our opening hours will be 11:30am-1:30pm.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Thank you, and see you soon!

September 29th: Movie Night

Movie night: Üvegtigris/Glass tiger
(Hungarian movie, with english subtitles)
There will be snacks and popcorn!

Join us for a fun movie night at the Kossuth House
Entry $5
(Abigél and Aranyember members get 50%off)

September 23rd - postponed

The planned storytime and fun afternoon on 9/23 for the kids at the Kossuth House will be postponed, due to the the low number of RSVPs.

The movie night of the Glass Tiger on 9/29 will be held rain or shine, feel free to join us.

Thank you for your understanding.