View the full film, Once My Mother (75 mins) at oncemymother.com.au
In this DVD Extra (9 Mins), Once My Mother director Sophia Turkiewicz and producer Rod Freedman reflect on the process of making the multi award winning documentary, with stories and scenes from the production in Poland, Ukraine and Australia.
When Australian filmmaker Sophia Turkiewicz was seven years old, her Polish mother, Helen, abandoned her in an Adelaide orphanage. Sophia never forgot this maternal act of betrayal. Now in middle age, as Sophia examines her troubled relationship with Helen, she discovers the story behind
Helen’s miraculous wartime escape from a Siberian gulag, her subsequent survival against the odds and the truth about an historic betrayal involving Stalin and the Allies. With Helen sliding into dementia, Sophia must confront her own demons. Did she ever truly know this woman who became her mother? Does she have it in her heart to forgive her? And is it too late?
The film has screened in over 40 festivals and won many awards in Australia and internationally, including 6 in Poland.