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Directors: Michal Jaskulski & Lawrence Loewinger | Poland / USA / Israel | 2016 | Documentary / Biography /War | Polish / English / Hebrew  | English subtitles  | 90 mins
Kindly sponsored by the Hong Kong Holocaust & Tolerance Centre (HKHTC)
Kindly supported by: the Consulate General of  Israel in Hong Kong, the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Hong Kong, the Consulate General of the United States in Hong Kong and Macau

 

Synopsis

In a story that begins with murder and ends with reconciliation, one man persuades the people of Kielce, Poland, to confront the truth about the darkest moment in their recent past: Kielce is the site of Europe’s last Jewish pogrom.

In 1946 forty holocaust survivors were murdered by Kielce townspeople. Communist authorities suppressed the story, leaving the town deeply torn and embittered.

Bogdan Bialek, a Catholic Pole and trained psychologist, has made it his life’s work to persuade the people of Kielce to acknowledge their past, to reconnect the city with the international Jewish community, and to transform Kielce into a place of dialogue and reconciliation.

To be shown in schools throughout Hong Kong

Nominations, Awards, Screenings:

  • Jewish Motifs, International Film Festival (Poland), Grand Prix, Audience Choice Award and Best Polish Film Award
  • Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, Camera of David Special Award
  • Cinema St. Louis International Film Festival (US) Interfaith Best Documentary Award
  • Jersey City International Television and Film Festival (US) Best Documentary Award

Selections

FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE DIGITAL EXPERIMENTAL DE ESPACIO ENTER CANARIAS (Spain)
GALWAY FILM FLEADH (Ireland)
NEISSE FILMFESTIVAL (Germany)
REAL TIME FILM FESTIVAL (Nigeria)
AEGEANDOCS INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL (Greece)
WILLIAM AND IRENE WEINBERG FAMILY BALTIMORE JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL (United States)
HOUSTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL (United States)
WESTCHESTER JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL (United States)
IMAGE OF THE WORLD – CAMERIMAGE WORLD IN IMAGES (Poland)
COPENHAGEN JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL (Denmark)
SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL (United States)
FESTIWAL FORM DOKUMENTALNYCH NURT (Poland)
JERSEY CITY INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION AND FILM FESTIVAL (United States)
AUSTIN JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL (United States)
VANCOUVER JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL (Canada)
SARASOTA-MANATEE ISRAEL FILM FESTIVAL (United States)

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