Films Changing the World: Memory is Our Homeland


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Sat, Feb 29, 2020 1:15 PM
Film Info
Runtime:90 min
Country Listing:Canada
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Jonathan Durand


What happens to history’s forgotten people? Between 1940 and 1941, over 1,000,000 Catholics and Jews were deported from Soviet-occupied Poland to Siberia. A small fraction soon escaped, embarking on an epic odyssey to refugee camps across East Africa. Follow director Jonathan Durand as he charts the fascinating lost story of this exodus—and the community that flourished in Africa—through the eyes of his grandmother and other survivors across the global Polish diaspora, from Belarus to Montreal to Tanzania. Reflecting on a family history rooted not only in exile, but erasure, this RIDM Festival People’s Choice winner is a deeply personal meditation on memory, identity and longing for homeland.

Stick around for a live Q&A with director Jonathan Durand.

Promotional Partners: 918 Bathurst, Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, Roncesvalles Polish Fest, Polish Consulate in Toronto

Additional Information

Films Changing the World: Must-see docs revealing staggering new perspectives and stories.

"A riveting slice of almost unknown history" - Montreal Gazette