"Nicholas Roerich and the Banner
September 29, 2016
3:30 - 8:30 pm
Room 7, Stanley Milner Library
7 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Organized by Alberta Banner of Peace Association During the marathon there will be presented five documentaries related to the artist and peacemaker Nicholas Roerich (1874-1947) who is recognized as author and promoter of the Roerich Pact for protection of cultural property. This international treaty was signed in 1935 by the President of the United States F.D. Roosevelt and the representatives of the member states of the Pan-American Union. The symbol of the Roerich Pact is the Banner of Peace, proposed by Nicholas Roerich.
3:30 - 4:15 Nicholas Roerich: Messenger of Beauty. Jerry Rosser, 1979. This stunning video introduces viewers to the ennobling example of Roerich's life, the beauty of his paintings, and the wisdom of his spiritual philosophy.
4:30 - 5:25 Eldest Son. Luiza Telezhko, 2003. The movie is about the outstanding orientalist George Roerich (1902-1960) - the eldest son of Nicholas Roerich, and about travels of the Roerichs around little–investigated places of Tibet and Himalayas. 5:30 - 5:45 The Roerich Pact. Peace Through Culture. International Center of the Roerichs, 2015. In this short film are presented the main ideas underlying the Roerich Pact, as well as the importance of the Pact in today's world.
6:00 - 7:10 The Call of Cosmic Evolution. Ludmila Shaposhnikova, 2013. This film is dedicated to two outstanding 20th Century figures: Nicholas Roerich and his wife, Helena Roerich. In the film for the first time is presented the evolutionary meaning of their eminent contribution to the world culture. The philosophy of cosmic reality (the Living Ethics), Central Asian Expedition, Himalayan Research Institute "Urusvati", an international treaty known as the Roerich Pact were the main evolutionary actions of the Roerichs which enabled to shape new mentality and new cosmic counsciousness on our planet.
7:30 - 8:20 Boris Georgiev - the Artist, the Wanderer, the Man. Vassil Katsev, 1977. Presented in collaboration with Bulgarian Heritage Society (Edmonton). A documentary about the Bulgarian artist Boris Georgiev. Student of Nicholas Roerich and friend of Rabindranath Tagore, Georgiev is known for both his artwork and his life full of compassion to the poor. He is the only artist to whom Mahatma Gandhi agreed to pose for a portrait.