The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler
directed by John Kent Harrison written by John Kent Harrison, Lawrence John Spagnola based on a book by Anna Mieszkowska: Matka dzieci Holocaustu director of photography Jerzy Zieliński PSC music by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek production design by Waldemar Kalinowski costume design by Małgorzata Braszka, Paweł Grabarczyk editing by Henk Van Eeghen sound by Erich Gann produced by co-ordination Magdalena Wachowska production manager David J. Bowler, Daiga Livcane, Inga Kruk, Viktoras Spartakas Jugaj cast Anna Paquin (Irena Sendler), Marcia Gay Harden (Janina Sendler), Goran Visnjic (Stefan), Steve Speirs (Piotr), Nathaniel Parker (Dr Majkowski), Paul Freeman (ksiądz Godlewski), Maja Ostaszewska (Jadwiga), Danuta Stenka (Hannah Rozenfeld), Krzysztof Pieczyński (Janusz Korczak), Olga Bołądź (Zofia), Jerzy Nowak (rabbi Elderey), Leigh Lawson (rabbi Rozenfeld), Siergiej Marczenko (Jasio) produced by Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS); Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions; Jeff Most Productions; Most / Rice Productions co-produced by Monolith Films, ul. Chełmska 21, 00-724 Warsaw, tel. +48 22 851 10 77, fax +48 22 851 10 79, e-mail: email@example.com, www.monolith.pl producers Jeff Most, Jeff Rice, Brent Shields, Cameron Johann co-financing Polish Film Institute, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Telekomunikacja Polska (Polish Telecommunication) distributed (in Poland) by Syrena Films Sp. z o.o., ul. Królowej Marysieńki 20, 02-954 Warszawa, tel: +48 22 550 11 70, fax: + 48 22 885 41 00, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.syrenafilms.com
35 mm, colour, 95′
USA – Poland 2009
The film presents the work of Irena Sendler who, with her collaborators, saved over 2,500 Jewish children from death in the Warsaw ghetto during World War II. She gave them new identities and placed them in Polish families, orphanages and convents. Irena Sendler and her collaborators cooperated with Żegota, a unit of the Polish Home Army devoted to saving Jews. She was honoured with the “Righteous Among the Nations” medal by the Israeli Institute Yad Vashem.
John Kent Harrison
American director and screenwriter. Famous in Poland for his film Pope John Paul II with John Voight (2005). A director of almost 20 films including: A House Divided (2000), Helen of Troy (2003), and The Winning Season (2004).
Translated by Monika Miziniak | Edited by Patricia Koza