The Righteous

The Righteous

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Release Date: Sunday, 3 December 2017.
Starring Jacek Braciak, Aleksandra Hamkało, Urszula Grabowska, Jan Wieczorkowski, Olgierd Łukaszewicz, Maja Komorowska, Anna Karczmarczyk.
Directed by Michał Szczerbic.
Classification: MA15+, 94 mins.
Country: Poland.
Language: Polish, German (subtitled).

Australian Premiere

It is 1942. The Nazis launch the decisive phase of destruction. From the ghettos, Jews are transported to the death camps. They are deported from rural areas loading stations. This is the case for one of the Sandomierz region villages, the setting of the film. Anastazja takes in an abandoned Jewish girl – Hania. It doesn't go unnoticed with the local blackmailers, who blackmail Anastasia, demanding ransom for their silence. So the girl must be hidden. This way, Hania meets Pajtek, a local tight-lipped sort and freak, but also a very sensitive man, extremely responsive to the beauty of nature and the fate of animals. Hania herself suffers from aphonia - she does not speak after the Germans had killed her father and brother.

The unusual relationship that is born in the midst of a heartbreaking silence between the child and rural misfit, finally makes the girl break up - eventually she starts speaking. 20 years later, Hania returns to Poland from Israel. She is traveling to the places where she used to spend her childhood, she meets people who have contributed to her rescue. New facts are being disclosed from the life of the villagers, related to embrace of a little Jewish girl. It turns out that just as they saved Hania’s life, she saved their humanity.

In an interview, film director Michał Szczerbic said, "The story was inspired by true events - that of my own family and friends. During World War II, my mother Anastazja saved a Jewish child. Years later, she was awarded the Righteous Among the Nations medal.

Screens with a short film.

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