Thursday, November 16, 2023

Monique Chmielewski Lehman about "Papcio Chmiel Udomowiony" and Hugh Welchman of "The Peasants" - 18 Nov. 2023, at 6:30 pm

 On behalf of the Modjeska Club Board of Directors and our wonderful hosts, we invite members and guests of the Club to a meeting with Monique Chmielewski-Lehman about a book of memories about the Father, titled "Papcio Chmiel Domowiony" - written by Monique with her brother Artur Chmielewski. The conversation with the author will take place during dinner at the elegant and artistic residence of Monique Chmielewski Lehman and her husband, former NASA manager and naval officer, David Lehman in Pasadena. The event is scheduled for the evening of Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. It will include a festive dinner.

SURPRISE GUEST: Hugh Welchman, screenwriter and filmmaker of "The Peasants" ("Chlopi") film , based on Nobel-Prize winning novel by Wladyslaw Reymont,  will attend and discuss his career as a surprise late addition to the program. He gives a presentation for Deadline in the morning, and will be interviewed in English after the Lehman presentation.  The film was nominated by Poland to the Academy Awards. His earlier film include "Loving Vincent" about Van Gogh and "La Vie En Rose" about Edith Piaf. Plenty to talk about! 


Monique Chmielewska -Lehman and Artur Chmielewski, ed. Karolina Prewęcka

Papcio Chmiel is the "adoptive" father of several generations of Poles who are engrossed in the adventures of Tytus, Romek and A'Tomek. He became a national asset, a hero of the collective imagination, an educator and the country's chief humorist. Thanks to the memories of his children, Monique and Artur, we get to know Papcio Chmiel as a father, a man, an everyday citizen. He was also extraordinary in this life role, which involved explosive moments, but also taught him how to defend his differences in a group of peers.

He turned their everyday life into a world of fun and imagination. At the same time, he taught history, nature and how to deal with difficulties in an engaging way. However, as a typical Dad he was often missing. He disappeared into the studio. He didn't go to interviews, he didn't listen to youthful confidences, he didn't give advice when Monique and Artur were looking for their places in life.

Monique became an artist, Arthur - an engineer. Their choices reflect their dad's complex personality. They are sometimes critical of him, but above all, honest, they are extremely grateful to him and proud of him. Together they created a colorful trio. This book tells what they experienced during their journey together for decades.


Henryk Chmielewski (1923-2021) is the author of the well-known comic book "Tytus, Romek i A'Tomek". The artist, born in 1923, died in 2021, after a turbulent life, including participation in the Warsaw Uprising in 1944, in the 7th Home Army "Garłuch" infantry regiment. In the years 1950–1956, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Faculty of Graphics. He worked as an illustrator in the popular press, and starting in 1957 he published a series of comics about two boys and their long-tailed chimpanzee friend. He published 31 volumes of "Tytus, Romek i Atomek" until 2009, and then a series of unnumbered books about young heroes taking part in historical events - the Warsaw Uprising, the Battle of Warsaw in 1920, the Battle of Grunwald, the Relief of Vienna of King Jan Sobieski, etc.

Biography on Wikipedia:



Monique Lehman is the creator of fascinating fiber art, with original aesthetics and great technique. Her works have been shown in solo and major exhibitions around the world, most recently in China, Uruguay and Ukraine. They are also in many collections of important American, Polish and Chinese museums and institutions.


by Klaudia Frant-Rakuś and Monique Chmielewska Lehman

The book "A Thread of Fame" was created on the basis of many hours of conversations ("Day by day, Monika revealed to me more secrets of her life filled with love for art and people, with energy, smile and cheerfulness" said the journalist who wrote it). It is also based on hundreds of letters, documents and photos. The result is a colorful story about the life of Papcio Chmiel's daughter. What kind of father is Henryk Chmielewski and why did the "sweet blonde" emigrate to America? Did she find the happiness she was looking for in California? Monique Chmielewska-Lehman - a world-famous artist and one of the heroines of the TVN program "Hollywood Wives" - talks about the  years of the Polish People's Republic, her childhood with an idol, and the cosmic years of marriage with a NASA employee. "A Thread of Fame" is a book full of emotions, bitter memories, sprinkled with a large dose of humor and the intertwining fates of the Chmielewskis woven with a comic thread. This is the extraordinary life story of a girl from Poland who found fame and happiness overseas.


The Peasants (Polish: Chłopi) is a 2023 adult animated historical drama film directed and written by DK Welchman and Hugh Welchman. An adaptation of Władysław Reymont's Nobel Prize-winning novel of the same name, the film was produced using the painted animation technique, similar to Loving Vincent. The film stars an ensemble cast which includes Kamila Urzędowska, Robert Gulaczyk, Mirosław Baka, Sonia Mietielica, Ewa Kasprzyk, Cezary Łukaszewicz, Małgorzata Kożuchowska, Sonia Bohosiewicz, Dorota Stalińska, Andrzej Konopka, Marcin Rusin and Maciej Musiał. It is a co-production between Poland, Serbia and Lithuania. The movie, like Reymont's novel, is divided into four parts corresponding to each of the four seasons. It takes place at the turn of the twentieth century, over the course of one year, in the village of Lipce. (Wikipedia)


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