When Stanisława Leszczyńska arrived at Auschwitz what she discovered went beyond any normal description of horror. Volunteering to work in the camp’s hospital as a midwife, she set about defying its murderous intent by bringing life to thousands of babies. Now, using intimate family accounts, records and photos, her great-niece Maria Stachurska, who is mother of successful sports trainer Anna Lewandowska, is turning the incredible story into a powerful new documentary.
Despite suffering from polio, wheelchair-bound Dr. Helena Pyz has spent the last 30 years working with children and families suffering from leprosy. With her brusque manner and no-nonsense attitude, she has won over the hearts and minds of the villagers she treats. But, as a new documentary about her extraordinary work reveals, the future of her complex is now under threat.
Filmed by champion motorcycle racer Alfons Ziółkowski, the 8mm film records the growing horror of the largest ghetto in German-occupied Europe.
Film director and climber, Eliza Kubarska took a TFN reporter to the beautiful Kampinos National Park to talk about her new project ‘The Wall of Shadows’ that examines what drives people to risk everything to get to the summits of the world’s highest mountains.
Award-winning documentary film maker Eliza Kubarska explains why she is accompanying an expedition to climb a sacred Himalayan mountain.
Communion is Anna Zamecka’s directorial debut. Set in Warsaw, the film delves into the harrowing life of 14 year-old Ola Kaczanowska. The documentary follows her journey as she struggles to take care of both her autistic kid brother and alcoholic father.
Leonardo DiCaprio ads his weight to the Netflix documentary that hits screen across the globe on December 21.
The film is based on a book by local historian Witold Dąbrowski, who discovered microfilms in the National Remembrance Institute with letters about the phenomenon that had been intercepted by the security service. At its peak, around 10,000 people were thronging the area each evening, coming from all over the city and from across Poland. TFN’s Stuart Dowell attended the film’s premiere and spoke to witnesses.
For the first time, Ryszard Kapuściński’s prose hits the big screens in an extraordinary hybrid of animated action film seamlessly mixed with classic documentary.