The Warsaw uprising (1 Aug - 2 Oct. 1944) is probably one of the most terrible feats of arms of the Second World war, not only by the number of victims - nearly 180 000 - or the ruins and the destruction it caused, but because rarely in history has such courage and such suffering been met with such immediate and devastating results.
And yet, this is probably one of the least known events of WWII, the least understood, and it is often confused with the uprising of the Warsaw Ghetto that occurred several months earlier. Why has this event been all but forgotten by History?
One could say that the Warsaw Uprising was the tragic outcome of a complex set of events where circumstances of war became entangled with nationalistic fervour and long-term political goals. So much so that both sides, East and West, preferred to draw a blanket of oblivion over this tangled mess of historical facts, motives and ambitions – each for reasons of their own.
But the people of Warsaw have filmed their 2 month battle so that there would be a trace of their struggle...whatever happened.
Festivals and Awards:
* 2015: Shortlisted for the FOCAL INTL. AWARD "Best Use of Footage in a History Production" (London, 21 May 2015)
* 2014: "Golden Sabre" award for Best Documentary Film at the 5th International Historical and Military Film Festival, Warsaw (Sept.)
* 2014: Nominated for the IMPACT AWARD "for Use of Historical Archives".