Wednesday: Polish, Arab revolutions


Revolution: It happened in Gdansk, Poland, in the fall of 1980. In solidarity with ongoing revolutions in the Arab world and North Africa, there will be a screening in Atherton at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, of "World and Solidarity," the story of the worldwide impact of the workers' strikes in Poland in 1980.

After the screening at the Performing Arts Center at Menlo-Atherton High School, there will be a discussion of past and current revolutions with the Polish filmmaker, Jolanta Kessler Chojecka, and San Francisco State University media professor, Dina Ibrahim, a native of Egypt.

Donna Baranski-Walker, founder of the San Mateo-based Rebuilding Alliance, a nonprofit working to help war-torn neighborhoods rebuild, will lead the discussion. Rebuilding Alliance is organizing the event.

Ms. Kessler Chojecka, who is flying in from Switzerland for the program, reported for 11 years on the Solidarity movement for Radio Free Europe in New York and Paris.

Following the program, there will be a reception at Bona, a Polish restaurant in Menlo Park. Bona and Menlo Park's Flegel's Fine Furniture are sponsoring the program.

The M-A Performing Arts Center is at 555 Middlefield Road in Atherton.

Write to or call 325-4663 to inquire about attending the reception.

Click here for tickets, which are $10 per person and $5 for students.


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