Angel Wagenstein: Art Is a Weapon
Andrea Simon, U.S./Bulgaria, 2017, 84MIN, Bulgarian, English, German and Russian with English subtitles
This documentary portrait of a Bulgarian Jewish filmmaker, novelist, partisan warrior, and lifelong revolutionary Angel Wagenstein introduces American viewers to a brilliant and charismatic artist, for whom art became a form of resistance against a series of oppressive and corrupt regimes. It is also a meditation on what his life and films reveal about the intimate realities of Cold War culture in a divided and contentious post-war Europe, and the vertiginous transformations of 1989 and after in the former Eastern Bloc states.
Director Andrea Simon in person for Q&A.