Between February 1940 and June 1941, the Soviet Union secretly deported more than 1,500,000 Polish Catholics and Jews to Siberia.
150,000 were able to flee the USSR through Iran in 1942, when the Soviet Union became allies with England and the United States. 30,000 ended up in refugee camps spread out from Kenya to South Africa.
Almost none of these people went back to Poland. The last survivors, those who grew up as children on the journey, are now in their 80s and 90s. Their story has been forgotten by history, but not by them.
Shot on location in Montréal, Belarus, and Tanzania.
Direction/Camera/Editing: Jonathan Durand
Production Assistance + Still Photography (Belarus): Sofia Stancioff
Translation + Production Support (Belarus): Anastasiya Tarasevich
Music: Sketch 4, Tim Hecker (from Dropped Pianos, 2011)