New film promoting Warsaw and Polish culture
After dozens of events in Poland, Australia and Thailand over the last 2 years, the Chairman of the “Polska Przyszłość” Foundation, Mark Krawczynski, is going on a cultural promotional tour of Poland to the USA in May and June of 2012.
The new historical and cultural documentary film about Warsaw which he produced in collaboration with institutions in Australia, Poland and the United Kingdom, will be screened in the giant Copernicus Centre in Chicago at 6.30pm on June 2nd with a personal introduction by Mark Krawczynski. This 50 minute film is called “Out of the Ashes – Warsaw Story” (“Jak feniks z popiołow”) and is produced in English with Polish subtitles.
Immediately preceding this, there will be screenings of this film in the “lodges” of the Polish National Alliance in San Francisco, Sacramento and Los Angeles as per the schedule below:
Thursday, 5/24….Roseville (Sacramento) 7 pm
Friday, 5/25……San Francisco 7 pm
Sunday 5/27…….Fresno Lodge in Kingsburg 2 pm
Tuesday 5/29……meet Los Angeles PNA evening
The 3 minute preview of the film can be watched on Utube as per the link below:
“OUT OF THE ASHES” – “Jak Feniks z Popiołów” (49 min.: English/Polish)
This documentary film not only features the amazing reconstruction of the capital of Poland after its nearly total devastation during WWII, but also demonstrates the main characteristics of Polish culture: its vitality, endurance, courage, determination, spirituality and high moral and ethical standards.
The famous Australian producer, Peter Beveridge, fell in love with Warsaw and decided to create an emotional documentary film. The famous British actor Simon Callow also felt a strong bond with Warsaw after his 2 earlier, emotional visits and he was very enthusiastic about adding his incredible voice as background to this movie. He had earlier worked with Peter Beveridge on another beautiful short film about Chopin and his beloved Warsaw as part of the distinguished documentary series called Classical Destinations. He also starred in such famous films as “4 Weddings and a Funeral”, “Shakespeare in Love” and many others. His wonderful voice adds special drama to our film.
This film is styled mainly for the American market. But I hope that the whole world will see it. Previews in Europe and Australia have already been received with great enthusiasm, and not only because the film shows Warsaw in such a beautiful way. I reluctantly agreed to the producer’s demand that my family history should be interwoven with the historical facts presented in this film. Peter Beveridge insisted that without a large dose of human drama, viewers would quickly get bored with almost an hour of exclusively historical information. I was therefore required to personally present some family dramas of the period. I was reluctant at first because the issues were very sensitive and personal. But this initially painful experience soon became for me a most satisfying duty and I am now grateful that Peter forced me to do this. At last the world might truly understand the spirit and the determination of the Polish nation. So Peter Beveridge – thank you for your persistence, your own determination and your incredible attention to detail.
I also want to extend a special vote of thanks to our distinguished Polish co-producer, Maciej Skalski who was nominated for an Oscar in Hollywood in 2010 for another one of his films, “The Berlin Rabbit”. Also last year in Warsaw his film titled “The Rose” won the title of Best Film at the Warsaw International Film Festival. We were very fortunate that Mr.Skalski was able to add his energy and skills to our highly focused and intensive shooting programme in Warsaw last year.
The film is a very personal journey which highlights the struggles and the determination of the Polish spirit following one of the greatest tragedies that the world has ever experienced, which was WWII. It is hard to believe but the destruction of the city of Warsaw was bigger in scale than that of Dresden and Hiroshima put together. The subsequent rebuilding of the whole city of Warsaw (which is still going on today) was the biggest architectural project in the history of the world. Without funds from the Marshall Plan and without proper equipment, the people of Warsaw re-built this city with their bare hands. It was a real miracle.