Film screenings

7 March 2011

Control Room

Control Room, directed by Dir. Jehane Noujaim, is a 2004 documentary film about the Arabic-language news network Al-Jazeera, shot when the war in Iraq first erupted. The documentary provides a timely insight into the pace and practice of satellite television news, the world of war time reporting, and the role of a news network that is wielding increasing influence.


4 October 2010


A week after the International Right to Know Day, the CMCS screened this 2008 documentary film, directed by Harvard University professors Peter Galison and Robb Moss, about the world of government secrecy, which explores the tensions between our safety and the ability to function as a democracy.

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2 March 2010

"Anna: Seven Years on the Frontline"

The Human RightS Initiative, in conjunction with the CMCS, presented a screening of the documentary Anna: Seven Years on the Frontline (2008) in the CEU Auditorium. The film is about Anna Politkovskaya, the Russian journalist who won international recognition for her reporting work on the conflict in Chechnya, in which she sought to expose human rights abuses. She spent seven years on the frontline, often in extremely dangerous conditions. Politkovskaya was murdered in Moscow on October 7, 2006. 

23 February 2010

"Shattered Glass"

The CMCS, the CEU's Department of Political Science and the Human RightS Initiative presented a screening of Shattered Glass (2003) in the CEU Auditorium. The film about a young journalist for Rolling Stone, The New Republic and other important US magazines, whose career goes from very hot to very cold, asks the question, do journalism ethics matter? The screening was introduced by Ellen Hume, Annenberg Fellow in Civic Media at the CMCS and herself a former White House reporter.

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25 January 2010 

"All the President’s Men"

The CMCS and the CEU's Department of Political Science presented a screening of All the President's Men (1976) in the CEU Auditorium. The award-winning film recounts how reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, played by Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman, uncovered Watergate, America's most famous political scandal. The screening was introduced by Ellen Hume, Annenberg Fellow in Civic Media at the CMCS and herself a former White House reporter.

23 March 2009

"Wapikoni Mobile"

A series of short documentaries made by First Nations youth of Quebec. Introduced by Ms. Manon Barbeau, the film producer of Wapikoni Mobile - which is a motorized motion picture training and production studio that has been touring among Canada's Aboriginal communities since 2004. A screening in collaboration with the Embassy of Canada in Hungary.

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2 March 2009 

"Don't get me wrong" / "Viva Constanta"

Two documentaries, directed by Adina Pintilie ("Don't get me wrong") and Ambrus Emese ( "Viva Constanta"). With an introduction by Dr. Brindusa Armanca, Director of the Romanian Cultural Institute in Budapest.


28 January 2009

"The Lives of Others"

A feature film directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. Screened as part of CMCS’s participation in the 3rd International “Data Protection Day".

October 16-17, 2008

"Commonplaces of Transition"

A thought-provoking documentary series by Joanne Richardson - 2008. D Media, Romania (more information).

Day 1: Thursday, 16 October - 6 pm - CEU Auditorium

- "In Transit" (J. Richardson - D Media, 30 min, 2008). A diary of a journey through space and time, composed of subjective impressions of the present and childhood memories of the past.

- "Precarious Lives" (J. Richardson - D Media, 43 min, 2008). A contemporary portrait of the everyday lives of 10 Romanian women, mixed with archival footage of women's work from the beginning of the last century. The video challenges the dominant discourse about precarity and its disregard of differences based on gender and economic disparities between the first and third worlds of Europe.

Day 2: Friday, 17 October - 6 pm - CEU Auditorium

"Two or Three Things about Activism" (J. Richardson - D Media, 73 min., 2008). A counter-documentary about activism in Romania that simultaneously questions the difference between making a film about politics and making a film politically.

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