10th edition of ‘Echoes of Katyn’ film review begins

A total of five feature and documentary films will be shown during the 10th “Echoes of Katyn” film review by the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN) in Warsaw.

The films are devoted to the Katyn massacre and its significance for the contemporary history of Poland and the world.

The purpose of the film review, which runs from April 11-15, is to commemorate the victims of the massacre.

As the organisers emphasise, it will be possible to see works of Polish and foreign directors which reflect on the massacre and other crimes of totalitarian systems.

Also planned are meetings and discussions with the creators of the films.

On the last day of the film review, a closing gala will be held at the Teatr Polski in Warsaw.

Head of the IPN, Jarosław Szarek, will present statuettes to filmmakers who through their work have contributed to the popularisation of the history of the massacre.

On April 11, 12 and 15, education workshops will be held for school children, combined with lectures on the massacre.

The massacre was a series of mass executions of Polish military officers and intelligentsia carried out by the Soviet Union, specifically the Soviet security agency NKVD in April and May 1940. Most of the executions took place in the Katyn Forest in western Russia, slaughtering at least 22,000 Poles.