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BOGDAN'S JOURNEY

by Michal Jaskulski, Lawrence Loewinger

synopsis

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.

international title: Bogdan's Journey
original title: Przy Planty 7/9
country: Poland, Israel, United States
year: 2016
genre: documentary
directed by: Michal Jaskulski, Lawrence Loewinger
film run: 90'
release date: PL 20/05/2016
screenplay: Michal Jaskulski
cinematography by: Michal Jaskulski
film editing: Marcin Latanik
music: Bartlomiej Gliniak
producer: Michal Jaskulski, Lawrence Loewinger, Marcin Wierzchoslawski
production: Metro Films, Two Points Films (US)
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