Scene from the film Amnesia
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Despite the fact that the film refers to after the war pogrom of Jews in Polish city of Kielce on the 4th of July 1946, Jerzy Śladkowski hasn’t made a historical film. The tragic event that had happened 70 years ago has become the background for the director’s story about a piece of evil in everyone of us.

Piotr, the main protagonist of the film, comes back from abroad to his hometown to verify what was the role of his grandfather in the Kielce pogrom. He questions members of his family and witnesses of the event, knocks on the doors of residents of the building at Planty Street 7/9 and talks to those, who are interested in Jewish history of Kielce. It turns out that verifying what had really happened is impossible. For the director, however, the facts aren’t the key aspect of the film. Telling the story from the personal perspective provides a wider context, revealing what’s untold and hidden deep. The story of Piotr portrays how much unresolved trauma can influence the lives of future generations.

A Polish Film Institute Co-financed Production.


  • Original title
    Amnezja / ENG version
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Piotr Piwowarczyk, Jerzy Śladkowski
  • DOP
    Wojciech Staroń
  • Editing
    Wojciech Staroń
  • Music
    Michał Lorenc
  • Sound
    Zbigniew Waraksa
  • Duration
    53 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Poland
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • Krakow Film Festival, Poland, 2015
    • Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, Poland, 2015
    • Festival Camerimage, Poland 2015
    • Escales Documentaires, France 2016
    • Neisse Film Festival, Poland-Germany, 2016 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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