Dluzek stop

Director: Irit Shamgar

written and directed by Irit Shamgar directors of photography Yossi Wein, Tomasz Tarnawski edited by Era Lapid, Moris Maman sound by Alex Claud producers Marek Rozenbaum, Irit Shamgar, Itai Tamir, Andrzej Titkow

Poland 2008


Israeli journalist Irit Shamgar travelled to Poland in the summer of 2007 to meet with people who knew her father, and see the places associated with him. She spends the summer in Mazury, on a lake called Dłużek, in the summer house of Irena Holland – her father’s second wife. She meets with friends who were forced to emigrate from Poland in 1968; they now come  to Poland for holidays, travelling from Sweden, the Netherlands, and the United States. They see Dłużek as a special and magical place. In the 1960s, a group of friends, all Warsaw-based journalists, bought houses here to be able to spend their holidays together. They were here even in the summer of 1968 – already as “non-Party affiliated, unemployed”. This category also applied to the director’s father – acclaimed journalist Stanisław Brodzki.

An intimate, highly personal film about people for whom the events of March 1968 in Poland brought tragedy on a very personal level.