Top 30 Polish Documentariesby kinoholik | created - 06 Feb 2011 | updated - 12 Nov 2015 | Public
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4. Miejsce urodzenia (1992)
47 min | Documentary
After almost 50 years, Holocaust survivor Henryk Grynberg visits the village he grew up in. He was also hiding there during the Nazi occupation. Grynberg wants to know what happened to his father and younger brother during the war.
8. Uslyszcie mój krzyk (1991)
46 min | Documentary
The story of an ordinary accountant, Ryszard Siwiec, who set himself on fire during the large harvest festival at the Warsaw stadium in 1968. He did it to protest against the military invasion in Czechoslovakia.
10. Wanda Gosciminska - wlókniarka (1975)
21 min | Documentary, Short, Biography
Textile worker Wanda Gosciminska was a 1950s communist propaganda icon and role model for other workers. The system exploited her, just like so many other individuals, and turned her into a tool of ideological manipulation.
13. Takiego pieknego syna urodzilam (2000)
25 min | Documentary, Short
A bold uncompromising look at the hell of the director's real-life family life. He still shares the apartment with his dysfunctional parents who use verbal violence towards him on a daily basis.
Director: Marcin Koszalka
16. Po-lin. Okruchy pamieci (2008)
82 min | Documentary
"Po-lin" is a story of a world long gone. Of place and time when two cultures, Polish and Jewish intertwined and coexisted. The documentary shows a collection of unique, black and white ... See full summary »
18. Warszawa 1956 (1956)
7 min | Documentary, Short
Over a decade after the almost total wartime destruction, Warsaw still looks bruised and battered. Ruined houses are nevertheless inhabited which can be dangerous for the local population.
19. Dworzec Gdanski (2007 TV Movie)
56 min | Documentary
Polish Jews, who were forced to leave their country in 1968, meet every year in Ashkelon. After nearly 40 years, they share their memories of exile, loss and regret, and still consider themselves Polish.
23. Nienormalni (1990)
78 min | Documentary
A new music teacher comes to the institution for mentally disabled children. He's got a month to teach them to play some instruments. But it takes much more than time to understand and accept these children. And vice versa.
25. Kazdy wie kto za kim stoi (1983)
6 min | Documentary, Short
The 1980s Poland was a country of empty stores and long lines of people, standing all night and day to buy virtually anything. This film takes a look at such a gigantic queue and recreates its surreal dialogues and atmosphere.
Director: Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz
27. Ojciec i syn (2013)
54 min | Documentary
Two acclaimed documentary film-makers - father and son - drive from Poland to Paris to see the place where the ashes of the father's mother are buried. What accompanies them on the way are resentments, quarrels and sincere confessions.
28. Himilsbach. Prawdy, bujdy, czarne dziury (2002)
53 min | Documentary
The story of Jan Himilsbach, the iconic Polish character actor and talented writer, who was originally a stoker, a sailor and a mason. The movie traces the numerous ups and downs in his exceptional life.
29. Zeby nie bolalo (1998)
47 min | Documentary
After 23 years, the film crew visits the same woman, Urszula Flis, who lives a reclusive life of a countryside intellectual in a remote village. Much has changed all around her but has she really changed herself?