Confrontations CinemaFilms by Grzegorz Linkowski
October 14th, Friday
… Cross inscribed in the Star of David
script and direction: Grzegorz Linkowski; cinematography: Jerzy Rudziński; music: Artur Giordano
biography / Poland / 1997 / 28 min
Fr. Romuald Jakub Weksler-Waszkinel has a double-barrelled name and a twin identity. Born in the ghetto in Švenčionys, he was raised by surrogate parents and then took his holy orders, only to discover 12 years later that he was Jewish. In the film, he talks about his fate and the long road which led him to feel at peace within himself.
March of the Living
direction: Grzegorz Linkowski, Grzegorz R. Wróblewski; script: Grzegorz Linkowski; cinematography: Alex Pavlovicz, Grzegorz R. Wróblewski; music: Vlad Kuryluk
documentary / Poland / 2013 / 49 min
The documentary …Cross inscribed in the Star of David was shown in many places across the globe. Then one day, its protagonist Fr Waszkinel received a call from Martin Bormann, the son of Hitler’s closest collaborator. The conversation had a great impact of Fr Waszkinel and, following many trials and correspondence which aroused profound emotions on both sides, it proved possible to have the son of the executioner to meet the son of Holocaust victims in the former concentration camp of Auschwitz.
October 15th, Saturday
To Forgive All Evil
script and direction: Grzegorz Linkowski; cinematography: Wojciech Węgrzyn, Jacek Tarasiuk, Marcin Gąsiorowski; music: Jacek Tarasiuk
documentary / Poland / 2013 / 46 min
Dr Mariusz Zajączkowski (Poland) and Dr Roman Kabaczij (Ukraine) analyse previously unknown and shocking facts, relating to discussions between the Polish Home Army and the Ukrainian UPA forces from May 1945, right after the tragic events in Volyn, a few months before Operation Wisła, which in effect lead to the cessation of fratricidal fighting and a joint military operation aimed to counter the new communist regime. At the same time, on the 70th anniversary of the Volyn tragedy, a pilgrimage sets off for Ukraine, carrying the cross of Fr Jerzy Popiełuszko.
… Because I Come from Here
script and direction: Grzegorz Linkowski; assistant director: Ryszard Wiencek, Krzysztof Ziemiec; assistant producer: Michał Siegieda; music: Bartosz Wejman;
documentary / Poland / 2014 / 44 min
A moving tale of the Warmia people’s search for identity. The investigative documentary style is brought about by the narrator who conducts what amounts to an investigation into the world of the film’s heroes. It shows their incredible histories, the places and documents connected with them. The film begins with the discovery of tragic murders near the town of Olsztyn, committed by the Red Army in January 1945. It features the witnesses of those dark events who survived, but then became victims of rapes, resettlements and deportations to the Soviet Union.