What Can Dead Prisoners Do

Director: Anna Ferens

written & directed by Anna Ferens research by Tomasz Kłoszewski research co-operation Piotr Nykowski, Jacek Pękala, Andrzej Pisalnik, Natalia Kostenko, Edyta Polko voice-over Alicja Wenska, Krzysztof Radkowski director of photography Piotr Wąsowski sound by Piotr Nykowski sound co-operation Wojciech Pluciński, Marek Borzęcki edited by Aleksandra Gruziel editing co-operation Rafał Gruca graphic development Michał Czubak, Mariusz Babik translation Małgorzata Dulęba, Magdalena Cupiał, Beata Barszczewska production manager Robert Kaczmarek, Natalia Kostenko
production manager II Jan Janik production co-operation Natalia Pantiuszkowa (Moscow), Marek Borzęcki (London) producer Robert Kaczmarek produced by Film Open Group, Telewizja Polska
Poland 2010


The film tells the story of Soviet prisoners of war in Polish camps after the war of 1920. This topic was never broached during the years of communism – neither in Poland, nor in the Soviet Union. It surfaced in the 1990s, after the Russian government admitted that the mass murder in Katyn had been committed by the Soviet secret police (NKVD). Soon thereafter Russian media started featuring articles about alleged mass deaths of Soviet captives in Polish camps. Anna Ferens invited Russian, British, and Polish historians to talk about the accusations. The film is richly illustrated with historical photographs and film footage.


Anna Ferens
Director and journalist, author of television reportages, series and documentary films. Graduated from Faculty of Journalism and Political Science at University of Warsaw.


Filmography (selected):
2008: Three Buddies (Trzech kumpli), 2010: What Can Dead Prisoners Do (Co mogą martwi jeńcy), 2011: Zobaczyłem zjednoczony naród