Polish documentary film festival kicks off in New York

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“Modern Poland - believing, fighting, enduring” is the motto of a three-day Polish documentary film festival that started on Friday in Manhattan, New York.

Viewers will be able to watch 12 works created by six directors.

The event forms part of this year's centenary celebrations of Poland regaining independence. The festival is organised by the Catholic Association of Journalists (KSD) and the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

"The idea to show good documentary films of the Polish diaspora came from our association, but that’s not all since these movies have English subtitles. We're bringing a good, solid dose of Polish culture,” the head of KSD Marek Gizmajer said.

He added that Polish diaspora are interested in the culture and history of Poland and the ambition of the organisers was therefore to present Catholic values, especially traditional ones.

The festival comprises three thematic blocks devoted to Polish faith, the decline of communism and the Smolensk air disaster. Attendees will have an opportunity to watch a range of documentaries including one about the priest Jerzy Popiełuszko, who was brutally murdered by the communist authorities, and one by Wojciech Jaruzelski about the introduction of martial law in Poland.

source: Katolickie Stowarzyszenie Dziennikarzy Youtube channel

The three-day event takes place on October 12-14 at Ida K. Lang Recital Hall at Hunter College in Manhattan.