Join American University for opening night and screening of Ken Loach’s documentary film The Spirit of ’45. The Opening Night Pre-Screening Reception will include guest speaker Paul Smith, Director of the British Council and Cultural Counselor, British Embassy.
6:30 pm – Opening Night Pre-Screening Reception; Guest speaker: Paul Smith, Director of the British Council and Cultural Counselor, British Embassy
7:00 pm – Spirit of ’45 directed by Ken Loach (2013, 99mins)
This event is hosted by American University School of Communication and the National Gallery of Art as part of a multi-year program of international film screenings.
The Spirit of ’45 is an impassioned documentary about how the spirit of unity, which buoyed Britain during the war years, carried through to create a vision of a fairer united society. 1945 was a pivotal year in British history. The unity that carried Britain through the war allied to the bitter memories of the inter-war years led to a vision of a better society. The spirit of the age was to be our brother’s and our sister’s keeper. Director Ken Loach has used film from Britain’s regional and national archives, alongside sound recordings and contemporary interviews, to create a rich political and social narrative. The Spirit of ’45 hopes to illuminate and celebrate a period of unprecedented community spirit in the UK, the impact of which endured for many years and which may yet be rediscovered today.