Farewell to My Country

FAREWELL TO MY COUNTRY
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About Film

In 1968, following student demonstrations, Poland expelled the last remaining Jews from what once was the largest Jewish settlement in the world, effectively ending over a thousand years’ history. The few that were left behind had to blend into Polish society without the ability or will to preserve any religious, ethnic, cultural or national Jewish identity. FAREWELL TO MY COUNTRY tells the story of many who were discriminated against, persecuted and eventually forced to flee; it is the story of the silent elimination of the remaining Jewish community by the ruthless communist regime. Using rare and never-before-seen footage, the film intimately reveals the experience of emigrants by way of the communists’ state-sponsored persecution.

99 minutes/English

About Director

Andrzej Krakowski is a graduate of the Polish Film School. He is a producer and writer, known for Looking for Palladin (2008), Triumph of the Spirit (1989) and Farewell to My Country (2002). He is a screenwriter of the following films: Robert M. Young’s Triumph of the Spirit (1989), John Irvin’s Eminent Domain (1990) and The Politics of Cancer (1994), and whose work as a film director includes The Politics of Cancer (1994).

Credits

Screenwriter:
Andrzej Krakowski

Director:
Andrzej Krakowski

Photography:
Bahman Soltani, Peter Stein

Editor:
Dawn Freer

Producer:
Andrzej Krakowski, Barbara Lavery
Pine Hill Productions, Inc.

Distributor:
LOGTV, Ltd

Screenings and Awards

SCREENINGS

• Jewish Eye – World Jewish Film Festival, Israel, 2005

• Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival, Denmark, 2003

• Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, 2003

• Philadelphia Jewish Film Series, 2003

• Boston Jewish Film Festival, 2003

Reviews

An unusual, yet absorbing documentary. Farewell to my Country is one of the most invaluable documentaries.
Film Threat