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NOV 21, 5:00 pm. ALLERY THEATRE


 


 


AFRICA - MY YOUTH
(AFRYKA MOJEGO DZIECIŃSTWA)

dir. Ewa Misiewicz (2009, 52') Poland
in Polish with English subtitles



DIRECTION: Ewa Misiewicz
SCRIPT: Dorota Kabalewska, Ewa Misiewicz
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Piotr W±sowski, Henryk Janas, Andrzej Adamczak
EDITING: Joanna Wojtulewicz
SOUND: Marcin Kustra, Jacek Stępiński
PRODUCED: Fama Films/TVP1
PRODUCERS: Ewa Misiewicz

SYNOPSIS:

An epic story about children and their journeys during World War II. Exiled by Stalin under Soviet occupation, Polish children and their families were sent to Siberia. Surviving two horrible winters in villages in the middle of the Siberian forests, they were able to relocate to Uzbekistan where General Anders was forming his army after the Majski-Sikorski pact of 1942. In the summer of that year, the Polish Army and many civilians left the U.S.S.R. via the Caspian Sea and landed in Iran. Here, the destinies of many were set as eighteen thousand Poles, mainly women and children (about 8000 of in all) decided to go to the British colonies in Africa. By boat these people embarked on a journey to the "Black Land," a place they'd only imagined through literary adventures. Bringing their own unmistaken culture and civilization, the Poles created strong communities. Building schools and churches, and farming the land, these people stayed in Africa until 1948. After closing the last Polish commune in Tenger, Tanzania, the exiles were forced to make a difficult decision, whether to go back to Poland or embark on further travels throughout the world. Wherever they did go, many still miss their years spent in Africa and quite often visit there in pursuit of lost memories.

DIRECTOR:

EWA MISIEWICZ