Acclaimed Polish director Andrzej Wajda made his name with his 1958 film, Ashes and Diamonds, the final chapter in a trilogy of films about World War II (the previous installments are A Generation and Kanal). Unlike some of the Polish filmmakers who followed him, Wajda had his share of life-and-death politics before entering the state-run film school: He had served in the Polish resistance as a teenager.
Here, a soldier is instructed to kill a Communist official, but has a hard time deciding whether or not to do it. A young man who is beginning to see what post-war life might look like, he struggles with a crisis of faith in the importance of his cause.
Ashes and Diamonds screens Tuesday, September 16 as part of Texas Public Radio's "Cinema Tuesdays" series. 7:30pm at AMC Huebner Oaks, admission $10 members/$12 non-members, 614-8977 or tpr.org for reservations.
Los Hijos del Sol and El Siglo de las Conquistas screen at the Instituto de México, 500 HemisFair Park, at 4pm on Sunday, September 7. Info: 227-0130. •