An American in Communist Poland

Director: Piotr Morawski, Ryszard Kaczyński

written & directed by Piotr Morawski, Ryszard Kaczyński directors of photography Andrzej Adamczak, Henryk Janas, Maciej Domagalski, Adam Tkaczyk edited by Grzegorz Mazur, Zbigniew Osiński music arranged by Teresa Kruczek, Maciej Majchrzak sound by Jacek Stępiński music by Przemysław Książek producer Wojciech Szczudło produced by Kalejdoskop Film Studio, ul. Chełmska 21, 00-724 Warsaw, tel./fax: (22) 851 17 79, tel./fax: (22) 841 21 35, co-produced by Telewizja Polska

colour, 43′

Poland 2009


Documentary film about the five-day visit of Robert Kennedy, brother of the assassinated US president, to Poland in 1964. This visitor from America puts the secret police at highest alert, brings joy to the hearts of numbers Poles submitted to communist inertia, and plays his part in various layoffs and family dramas.

“Amerykanin w PRL” (‘An American in Communist Poland’) shows the inner workings of a totalitarian regime; the filmmakers managed to recreate Kennedy’s visit to Poland based not only on official footage and documents available in the archives of the Institute of National Remembrance (IPN), but also on witness accounts.



  • 53rd New York Festivals Television Production Competition, New York 2010 – Gold Medal in History & Society category;

  • 46th Hugo Television Awards International Television Competition, Chicago 2010 – Certificate of Merit in the History/Biography category;

  • 43rd  WorldFest Houston International Film Festival, Houston 2010 – Special Jury Award in Documentary category;

  • “Nurt” Polish Independent Documentary Film Festival, Kielce 2009 – “Wydarzenie Nurtu” Grand Prize, Radio Kielce Award

Piotr Morawski and Ryszard Kaczyński

Documentary film directors and screenwriters.

Joint Filmography

1993: “Ambasador Atlantydy”, 1999: “Tata, I Love You”, 2005: “Dom nad Missisipi”, 2009: “Amerykanin w PRL” (‘An American in Communist Poland’)