Don’t miss Indian/Polish documentary “My home India” by Anjali Bhushan about how women & children from Siberian labour camps during World World II were brought to safety in India.
This inspirational documentary will have you in tears and every Indian glowing with pride. The film essentially uncovers a little-known story of unimaginable humanity, generosity and kindness. Towards the end of WW2 the Polish ambassadorial team in Bombay, led by the determined heroine, Kira Banasinska and supported by local Indian communities including the principalities of Kolhapur, Jamnagar and several others, dispatched a convoy of food relief and other essentials, thousands of miles to Iran, where Polish refugees from Soviet Siberian labour camps had found their way on foot and were suffering, mal-nourished. An expedition was planned with a novel idea, to bring 5,500 women and children back into India in the supplies trucks. This expedition was not so simple. It took Kira’s resilience and indefatigable energy as a Red Cross leader, to create refuge for them and welcome them to a dedicated settlement in India in three critical places, Vallivade, Panchgani and Jamnagar.
Over 70 years later a number of now elderly Polish people return to a town, Vallivade, on the outskirts of Kolhapur, Maharashtra and Panchgani, where they were able to find safety and discover the joys of childhood.
Director: Anjali Bhushan
Starring: Kira Banasinska, Wanda Novicka-Kashikar, Wanda Kuras, Jocelyn de Waller, Zbigniew Buras, Longina Frackiewicz, Krystyna Koziell, Colonel Gaikwad, Madhu Kotak
Run time: 45 mins | Recommended Certificate: PG
Language: English, Polish with English subtitles | Year: 2019 | Country: India/Poland
LONDON 20-29 JUNE 2019 (POSK on June 27th at 7pm)
BIRMINGHAM 21 JUNE – 1 JULY 2019
MANCHESTER 26-29 JUNE 2019
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