Screening of Polish film “City 44"
10 May 2016
The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Pretoria, in cooperation with the Warsaw Flights Commemoration Organising Committee in RSA, presented the outstanding Polish film “City 44" - directed by Jan Komasa - at the Museum of Military History in Johannesburg on 10 May 2016.
The event was conducted by Andrzej Romanowicz, president of the Warsaw Flights Commemoration Organising Committee in RSA. In his speech, he drew the attention of the gathered guests to the tragic history of the Warsaw Uprising - the drama of the city and its inhabitants, the theme of the story. He also mentioned the director of the film - Jan Komasa – as one of the brightest and most outstanding young artists in Poland.
The Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Pretoria, Anna Raduchowska – Brochwicz also delivered a speech. She stressed that the Warsaw Uprising was the most heroic and tragic event, not only during the Second World War, but also in the entire Polish history. Patriotic surge of the Poles, aimed at liberating Warsaw from Nazi German occupation, while the Soviet army was standing on the right bank of the Vistula river passively watching the citizens of Warsaw bleeding to death, was considered unnecessary by many.
In the opinion of the Poles, the participation of our citizens in the Warsaw Uprising and the struggle for independence of our country, enabled us to maintain our dignity and resist the aggression, cruelty and domination of Nazi Germany. The Ambassador stressed the particular importance of screening the film "City 44" in South Africa, especially at the Museum of Military History in Johannesburg. Many South African pilots, realizing how small their chances of survival were, participated in the heroic flights over Warsaw to support the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. They brought hope and support to the insurgents. The aid provided by the South African squadrons 31 and 34 created the basis for friendly ties and mutual respect between Poland and South Africa. For many years, the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Pretoria and the Warsaw Flights Commemoration Organising Committee in RSA, have been paying tribute to the brave South African airmen for their heroism, dedication and contributions, by commemorating the anniversary of their heroic deed every year in September. The celebrations are held in the Museum of Military History in Johannesburg.
City 44 (Original title: Miasto 44) is a 2014 Polish World War II drama about Warsaw Uprising. The film was written and directed by Jan Komasa and the film also is known under the title Warsaw '44. A story of love, friendship and the pursuit of adventure during the bloody and brutal reality of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. The film "City 44" is a story about young Poles who entered adulthood in the cruel realities of the occupation. Despite this, they are full of life, passionate, impatient. They live as if each day would be the latter. Such an attitude is not a result of an excessive bravado and recklessness of youth but it is something natural in the surrounding reality, when death threatens at every turn.
The representatives of local institutions, local authorities and cultural organizations, representatives of the diplomatic corps, the press, academia and the Polish diaspora in Gauteng were among the invited guests.
There was a reception after the screening, during which the guests could discuss the outstanding and dramatic film "City 44".
Embassy of Poland in South Africa