Jonas Mekas “Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania” (1972, 82 min.)
Short remarks by literary scholar prof. Dalia Kuizinienė
Adolfas Mekas “Going Home” (1971, 60 min.)
Short remarks by literary scholar dr. Ramūnas Čičelis
Pola Chapelle “Journey to Lithuania” (1971, 102 min.)
Short remarks by Eglė Lukšaitė
Films are in English with Lithuanian subtitles. The remarks will be in Lithuanian and will take about 15 minutes before the movie.
Screenings will be held at Valdas Adamkus Library-Museum (S. Daukanto st. 25, Kaunas).
Adolfas and Jonas Mekas arrived in New York in 1949, leaving their native land, Lithuania, behind, caught between Nazi and Soviet occupation. Little by little the camera became their means of expression and cinema invaded their lives. 27 years passed before they could finally return to Lithuania. This is the odyssey the three films intertwiningly recall: Adolfas and Jonas Mekas and Pola Chapelle (Adolfas’ʼwife) are at once actor and filmer. The Mekas brothers rediscover their country and family with their changes, while Pola Chapelle is the external gaze embracing this reunion. Neither Lithuanian nor New Yorkers, where is their home now? As Jonas likes to say “My Country is Cinema.”