Belarus gives Wajda a doctorate

Andrzej Wajda has received an honorary doctorate from the Belorussian Academy of Arts in recognition of his life's work.

The Academy members have asked Wajda to run classes for the students of the film department.

In a letter to the Polish director, the Rector of the Belorussian Academy of Arts, Ryszard Smolski, stressed his great contribution to the history of world cinema.

The letter does not mention any title of a Wajda film but many critics in Belarus highlight the role of his latest feature, Katyn, about the murder of Polish officers in Soviet Russia in 1940, in presenting the true history of World War Two.

After last year's screenings of Katyn in Minsk, the students of the Department of History of the Belorussian State University thanked Wajda for showing the face of Stalinist crimes that had so far remained unknown to them. (mk)


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