A confined walking zone, a bitter meal, and a job at the tailor's shop. A daily intake of medicines consumed under the watchful eye of the medical staff. A cell crowded to the capacity - a day like any other. Without needless words, this film is a moving story of Russian prisoners sent to a psychiatric prison hospital to serve the duration of their sentence.
One Day in People's Poland
Official newsreels and a few home movies build up the picture of an ordinary day in Poland in the 1960s. Secret police reports, citizens' letters and radio recordings recreate its hidden dimension: control and oppression. As dawn breaks on the morning of September 27, 1962, the radio announcer calls on listeners to take part in the daily exercise routine and get ready for work? Using film, radio and police archives, director Maciej J. Drygas has reconstructed one ordinary day in Poland under Communism.
After WWII Poland fell under the communist bloc against the will of the majority of society. The film is an attempt to show the soul of Polish society through private letters. Letters were censored and often used to persecute the sender and the receiver although the Constitution Act guaranteed secrecy of correspondence in the People’s Republic of Poland. This black-and-white film is a mosaic of never shown archive footage, letters which are read by carefully chosen voices and Secret Service internal messages which show the Orwellian organization in action in the years 1945-1989.
Hear My Cry
The film depicts the startling story of Ryszard Siwiec, the man who immolated himself in front of thousands of people in a stadium in Warsaw on a Polish national holiday in September 1968. He performed this desperate act as a form of protest against the invasion of Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact forces. The world, however, kept silent. His name nor his deed got any frontpage newspaper coverage. The film tells a human story, a story of mankind's love of freedom, a story which portrays man's eternal need to escape from the constraints of totalitarianism.