Sometime Ago in Africa

Director: Piotr Jaworski

directed and special photography by Piotr Jaworski written by Piotr Jaworski, Andrzej Kawecki research Andrzej Kawecki, Kamil Stepan edited by Bogusław Saganowski Polish Association of Film Editors (PSM), Zbigniew Osiński graphics and animation Jacek Łupina commentary Piotr Jaworski, Anna Augustyniak music supervisor Joanna Fidos sound Tomasz Bogacki, Kamil Sajewicz, Jacek Szczepanek (Stereotyp Studio) production manager Kamil Skałkowski narrator Adam Ferency produced by Kalejdoskop Film Studio, ul. Chełmska 21, 00-724 Warsaw, tel. +48 22 841 21 35, 22 851 17 79, e-mail:,; TVN, ul. Wiertnicza 166, 02-952 Warsaw producer Janusz Skałkowski, e-mail: cooperation Dragon Forum co-financing Polish Film Institute

Beta SP, 4:3, stereo, 43′
Poland 2009


A documentary about an absurd idea developed by Polish authorities in the 1930s to acquire a colony in West Africa. Photographs of their journey to Liberia, found in the National Archives, were used to produce the film. Who were to be the Polish colonisers? People who naively dreamed of coffee plantations and kind natives serving afternoon tea? Who sent them on their journey? The film tries to answer these questions.


Translated by Monika Miziniak | Edited by Patricia Koza