Culture Is a Route to Community

During last year’s Poland-Hungary Forum panelists were discussing culture as the best way to get to know each other. Both sides agreed that we don’t know much about the other nation and we are trying to change it but with a little success. Panelists mentioned that there is definitely one branch we are not fully using. Poles and Hungarians in recent years have achieved to develop quickly the film industry. Since the best way to find out more about each other is through culture, as a part of our activities for strengthening Polish-Hungarian cooperation, we would like to invite our Hungarian guests and partners to join us at the Festival of Polish Historical Movies, which will be held online between December 10-18th.

The first screening that will take place online is the screening of the film Independence. This unique work was created from archival, colored film materials from 1914-1923. It is a documentary directed by Krzysztof Talczewski in 2018, at the 100th anniversary of Poland’s regaining freedom and independence. The second movie is “War of the Worlds” from 2020, a documentary that tells a story of the Polish-Bolshevik war. Mirosław Bork and Krzysztof Talczewski are responsible for the script and directing. The Polish-Soviet war lasted almost two years. Nevertheless, there is a short section of it in common awareness, called the “Miracle on the Vistula”, inherently associated with Warsaw. The film is designed to change the viewer’s perception of these events and show them a wider perspective on Polish history. The film is made of stories of participants and witnesses of war events, unique archival films, photos, reports, diaries and radio recordings have survived to this day. Many of them have been reconstructed and colored and put together into a story. Archival materials were obtained from around the world.

Partners of the event are the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland, Wacław Felczak Foundation, Polish Consulate in Szeged, Polish Institute in Budapest and Polish Research Institute and Museum in Budapest.

The movies are in Polish, with Hungarian subtitles. The participation is free. All those who are interested in participating in our event we would like to ask to register, link below

The project was co-financed by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.