Uncles & Others
In this controversial film, Jan's relatives and friends describe the horrors of the Second World War, and their opposing careers after the Communist régime arrived on the back of Stalin's dreaded security police, the NKVD. The London Polish Daily hailed it as a "unique witness of events...[which] provokes discussion and engraves itself on one’s memory”. Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland's widest circulation daily newspaper, declared "This is Poland".
One family saved a Jewish Senator, another was massacred by the SS, and 22-year old Magda was killed at the barricades defending Warsaw. Branded as "traitors and decadent landowners" by the Communist régime after the War, some stayed on. One became editor-in-chief of a leading weekly newspaper, and another became a top politician working closely with General Jaruzelski and supporting Martial Law. Others fought the régime, from Radio Free Europe or inside Poland. Shown occasionally in cinemas, it is now also available as a book and DVD.