Memory is our Homeland

CAN | 2019 | 90 min | STC

The story of Polish refugees in Africa during World War II, and the odyssey that brought them there.


What happens to history’s forgotten people? Between 1940 and 1941, over 1,000,000 Catholics and Jews were deported from Soviet-occupied Poland to Siberia. A small fraction soon escaped, embarking on an epic odyssey to refugee camps across East Africa.


Director: Jonathan Durand
Cast: Jonathan Durand


Follow director Jonathan Durand as he charts the fascinating lost story of this exodus—and the community that flourished in Africa—through the eyes of his grandmother and other survivors across the global Polish diaspora, from Belarus to Montreal to Tanzania. Reflecting on a family history rooted not only in exile, but erasure, this RIDM Festival People’s Choice winner is a deeply personal meditation on memory, identity and longing for homeland.


General Admission: $15
Seniors, and Students: $15

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