Violated Letters


As a part of series of documentaries in the Polish Institute - "Poland - shortly".

Thursday 8 November 2012, 6:00 pm

Polish Institute

Budapest, VI. Nagymező u. 15.

Maciej Drygas, Poland 2011, color / black and white, video, 56'


After WWII Poland fell under the communist bloc against the will of the majority of society. The film is an attempt to show the soul of Polish society through private letters. Letters were censored and often used to persecute the sender and the receiver although the Constitution Act guaranteed secrecy of correspondence in the People’s Republic of Poland. This black-and-white film is a mosaic of never shown archive footage, letters which are read by carefully chosen voices and Secret Service internal messages which show the Orwellian organization in action in the years 1945-1989.

Director and Screen writer Maciej Drygas