The short docu-drama TO MY FATHER of acclaimed documentary-maker Liliana Komorowska in collaboration with Diana Skaya, is the untold story of Adam Bandrowski – a man from the Polish borderlands – seen through the eyes of his three year old daughter Alina. He is an innocent victim of one of many acts of genocide carried during Stalin’s Great Purge. More than 100 000 Poles – citizens of the USSR were executed in hiding. 77 years later, Alina Bandrowska breaks the silence about the Vinnytsia Massacre with her poem TO MY FATHER. Settled in the memory of the child, are poetic images of her family’s life, suddenly interrupted with scenes of the arrest, interrogation, and execution of her father in 1938. The film pays homage to all the victims of the Vinnytsia Massacre.
Written and Directed by
Liliana Komorowska and Diana Skaya
QueenArt Films and Di Sky Productions
QueenArt Films Inc. and Telewizja Polska S.A.
Director of Photography
Jan Belina Brzozowski
A True Story based on Alina Bandrowska’s poem “To My Father”
Time period: 1937-1938 and 2015
The setting: Vinnytsia in the People’s Republic of Ukraine, USSR and Montreal, Canada
Frame format: 4: 3 and 16: 9
Language: Polish, Russian and Ukrainian
The film is co-funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland under the program of cooperation with the Polish diaspora and Poles living abroad.