True story of little girl’s note to her father before he goes to fight in the Warsaw Uprising has been made into a virtual reality film

A new VR film about the Warsaw Uprising has been released to commemorate the 74th anniversary of the event. Narodowe Centrum Kultury

The new VR film about the Warsaw Uprising has been released to commemorate the 74th anniversary of the event.

‘A note from the Uprising’ (Kartka z Powstania), the first live-action virtual reality film to be made in Poland, tells the true story of a note written by a little girl to her father who went to fight in the Warsaw Uprising. 

His name was Władysław Sieroszewski, nom de guerre “Sabała”, born 1900, a Warsaw lawyer and, during WWII, both a lawyer and a soldier.

The film starts with a scene of the little girl as an old woman reading the letter. 

The audience is then transported back in time with her memories to 1944 where, through a videogame-style POV, we are a wounded soldier watching events unfold in the sewers of Warsaw along with other insurgents.

The action then moves above ground to the ruins of the city where we encounter German Nazi troops and see the little girl’s father being shot. 

A scene from the film
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The bullet hits the man’s wallet, inside of which is the girl’s letter, miraculously saving his life.

Throughout the entire 15 minutes the film lasts, viewers are completely immersed in a 360-degree spectrum of the reality of 1944..

With a film-rating of 12, the creators wanted to make it accessible to children.

The film’s director Tomasz Dobosz told The First News: “One of our aims was to spread  and deepen understanding and consciousness of the Warsaw Uprising among the younger generation.

A scene from the film
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“Yes, there is a lot of different kinds of information about this crucial moment in modern Polish history, but the young public needs something more up-to-date to meet their new technology expectations.”

He added that the distribution of the film will not be limited to Poland only and that they were working on an English-language version with the voices being dubbed into English. 

He said: “When the English-language version is done, we will send it to all the important film festivals around the globe, such as Sundance, Tribeca and Cannes, all of which already have virtual reality film sections.”

Until then, the film can be seen, free of charge, from August 1st up to September 16th at the National Centre For Culture, Warsaw, Krakowskie Przedmieście 15/17.