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