Warsaw: A City Divided With Eric Bednarski

July 25, 2023 | 7.00 pm

Film still from Warsaw: A City Divided, 2029 | © Eric Bednarski

In 1941 soon after the creation of the Warsaw Ghetto by the Nazis, a Polish amateur filmmaker shot a remarkable 10-minute 8mm film from both sides of the Ghetto walls. This never before seen footage is woven into Eric Bednarski's Warsaw: A City Divided (70min, 2019), acting as a silent witness to the tragedy of the wartime division of the city and the murder of its inhabitants. Ghetto survivors and witnesses recount their extraordinary memories, while architects and urban-historians examine the chilling Nazi vision for Warsaw. By interweaving rich material from the past with glimpses of present-day Warsaw, both its human face and its urban fabric, Warsaw: A City Divided affirms the importance – and the difficulty – of remembering.

The screening will be followed by a discussion with the director of the ducumentary, Eric Bednarski. 

Eric Bednarski is an award-winning documentary film writer, director, producer, and archival researcher. His films have been broadcast and screened across the world, including at over 40 international festivals, the United Nations, and the European Parliament as well as in the State Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau. He lives and works in Warsaw, Poland.