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EAST OF PARADISE

At the start of World War II, Maria Werla was taken from Poland and made a slave in a Soviet work camp in North Russia. She was not alone. There were thousands of other Poles, victims of the Hitler - Stalin's pact. I remember but I wasn't yet born.My mother's struggle to survive influenced me. Protest became my culture in the USA. I forged an outsider's identity. All my films are encounters with fellow "others", living on the edge of society.My mother asked, "Why do you want to film me now"? I could not give her an answer. I did not fully understand why myself. All I can say is that I need to arrive to some yet unknown place to take sweet revenge, shaking my insanity like a fist at the world, screaming and kicking that my mother and I survived!East of Paradise is a diptych about two characters who have many and one story to tell.
                  

Lech Kowalski See his other films
Produced by : Blanche Guichou
Company : AGAT FILMS & CIE
Coproduced by : EXTINKT FILMS (Pologne)




Genre : documentary
Duration : 1H35 / 1H50
Year of production : 2005
Available Versions : VF / VO STF, VA / VO STA



International sales : Odile Allard

TV distribution : Odile Allard











Awards :
Festival Cinemex: prix du meilleur documentaire.
Human rights festival: Prix Spécial du jury de la compétition long-métrage.
Mostra Internazionale d'Arte: Prix du Meilleur Film dans la Section HORIZONS
Prix du Meilleur Documentaire remis par l'Association DOC/IT

Festival selections :
Mostra Internazionale d'Arte, Venise, 2005.
Human rights festival, Zagreb, 2005.
Festival Cinemex, Mexico, 2006.
Mar del Plata International Film Festival, Mar del Plata, 2006.

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