29th Galway Film Fleadh 11th – 16th July 2017
“In a story that begins with murder and ends with reconciliation, one man persuades the people of Kielce, Poland, to confront the truth about their darkest moment…”
Kielce, Poland, was the site of Europe’s last Jewish pogrom. In 1946, townspeople killed over 40 Holocaust survivors seeking shelter in a downtown building, and injured 80 more. As news of the pogrom spread across Poland, Jews fled the country. The Kielce pogrom became a symbol of Polish post-war antisemitism in the Jewish world. Under communism, the pogrom was a forbidden subject, but it was never forgotten.
In a free Poland, Bogdan Białek, a Catholic Pole, journalist and psychologist, emerges to talk publicly about the issue. Beginning as a solitary figure, he confronts the deepest prejudices in his fellow citizens, and strives to reconnect Kielce with the outside Jewish community. An effort which costs him dearly.
The director will attend
Directors Michal Jaskulski & Lawrence Loewinger
Cast Bogdan Bialek, Miriam Guterman, Ziuta Hartman & Yaacov Kotlicki
Script Michal Jaskulski
Producers Michal Jaskulski, Lawrence Loewinger & Marcin Wierzchoslawski
Country USA & Poland
Duration 90 minutes