Violated Letters

Director: Maciej Drygas

written & directed by Maciej Drygas sound by Iwo Klimek, I.M.I. Studio music by Paweł Szymański edited by Rafał Listopad production manager Antoni Sambor producers Maciej Drygas, Witold Będkowski produced by Drygas Production, Telewizja Polska co-financed by Polish Film Institute

B&W, 56′

Poland 2010


During socialism, the Polish state Security Service annually opened tens of millions of letters. Every day, specialist units steamed open, read and analysed people’s private letters. This helped the authorities compile reports about the moods prevailing in society. Occasionally the content would be used to launch investigations against individuals. The “Violated Letters” of the title are intimate portraits of life under socialism.