Film Series: REEL EUROPE

Virtual Film Screenings & Discussions

“At the heart of every film, whether it's a documentary or a feature film...we all are under the power of the laws of storytelling…” ~Ken Burns

The Nanovic Institute for European Studies presents REEL EUROPE, a short film series of cinematic storytelling through European documentaries.  From the clash of capitalism, sports, and politics, to the crisis on the Mediterranean Sea, REEL EUROPE shows the power of the human spirit as it touches upon real issues facing Europe today.


Thursday, April 29, 2021
4:00 PM Virtual Film Screening
4:45 PM Virtual Film Discussion

Film director Skye Fitzgerald will participate in a post-film discussion led by William Collins Donahue, Rev. John J. Cavanaugh, C.S.C., Professor of the Humanities and Director, Initiative for Global Europe, Keough School of Global Affairs.

Free event. Registration required.

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LIFEBOAT bears witness to refugees desperate enough to risk their lives in rubber boats leaving Libya in the middle of the night, despite a high probability of drowning. With few resources but certain that civil society must intervene, volunteers from a German non-profit risk the waves of the Mediterranean to pluck refugees from sinking rafts. 

In a real-life context with dire consequences, LIFEBOAT puts a human face on one of the world’s greatest contemporary, global crises and provides a spark of hope surrounding how civil society can intervene in the refugee crisis in a meaningful way.

This event is co-sponsored by the Keough School's Initiative for Global Europe.


Thursday, February 18, 2021
4:00 PM Virtual Film Screening
5:30 PM Virtual Panel Discussion

RED PENGUINS Trailer on YouTube.

Film director Gabe Polsky will participate in a post-film discussion with Hall of Fame hockey player Peter Šťastný and historian John Soares, moderated by Nanovic Institute Interim Director Clemens Sedmak.

An eccentric American marketeer journeys into the heart of “The Wild East”—Russia in the 90’s. From award-winning filmmaker, Gabe Polsky, comes a bizarre and absorbing story highlighting a pivotal moment in U.S.-Russian relations in a lawless era when Hollywood and advertisers meet oligarchs & gangsters and multiple murders went unsolved.


Thursday, March 4, 2021
4:00 PM Virtual Film Screening
5:45 PM Virtual Film Discussion

MEETING GORBACHEV - Trailer from Spring Films on Vimeo.

There will be a question and answer session with director Werner Herzog after the film screening. The film will be introduced by A. James McAdams, William M. Scholl Professor of International Affairs and longtime director of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies (2002-2018), and the question and answer session will be moderated by Joshua Lund, professor of Spanish in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and author of Werner Herzog: American Nomadic (University of Illinois Press, 2020).

Using footage from three separate interviews, Werner Herzog converses with Mikhail Gorbachev, former General Secretary of the U.S.S.R, about three of his key achievements: negotiations with the U.S. to reduce nuclear weapons; cessation of Soviet control of Eastern Europe and the reunification of Germany; and the dissolution of the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc. Directed by Werner Herzog & André Singer, MEETING GORBACHEV is a Spring Films & Werner Herzog Film production with the support of Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union.