BOGDAN'S JOURNEY is the winner of
GRAND PRIX - Jewish Motifs IFF 2017
Best Polish Film - Jewish Motifs IFF 2017
Audience Choice Award - Jewish Motifs IFF 2017
Camera of David Special Award at Warsaw Jewish Film Festival 2016
Interfaith Awards Best Documentary at St. Louis International Film Festival 2016
Best Documentary Award at Jersey City International Television and Film Festival 2016
It has been screened at the prestigious CAMERIMAGE International Film Festival in Poland (2016), the Millenium Docs Against Gravity (2016) and Watch Docs - Human Rights in Film 2016.
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, injuring 80 more. As news of the pogrom spread across Poland, Jews fled the country. The Kielce pogrom became a symbol of Polish post-war anti-Semitism 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. Over time, with great effort, he persuades the people of Kielce to confront this painful history. Beginning as a solitary figure, he confronts the deepest prejudices in his fellow citizens, and strives to reconnect Kielce with the outside Jewish community. The effort costs him dearly. “Bogdan’s Journey” was filmed in Poland, Israel and the United States for almost a decade. Its two directors, a Polish Catholic and a Jewish American, combine to tell a unique story about one man and how he redeems 70 years of bitter, contested memories--by telling the truth with love.
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dir. Michał Jaskulski, Lawrence Loewinger
producers: Michał Jaskulski, Lawrence Loewinger, Marcin Wierzchosławski
prod. Two Points Films, Metro Films