Warsaw: A City Divided

Warszawa: Miasto Podzielone
dir. Eric Bednarski/Poland/2019/70 min.
Kino Orzeł

The creation of the Warsaw Ghetto as seen from both sides of the Ghetto wall, and its legacy in today’s city. New light on a tragic time of division, destruction and mass murder, incorporating unknown amateur Polish 8mm found footage and survivor testimony.

In 1941 soon after the creation of the Warsaw Ghetto by the Nazis, a Polish amateur filmmaker shot a remarkable 10-minute 8mm film from both sides of the Ghetto walls. This never before seen footage is woven into “Warsaw: a City Divided”, acting as a silent witness to the tragedy of the wartime division of the city and the murder of its inhabitants.

Ghetto survivors and witnesses recount their extraordinary memories, while architects and urban historians examine the chilling Nazi vision for Warsaw. By interweaving rich material from the past with glimpses of present-day Warsaw, both its human face and its urban fabric, “Warsaw: A City Divided” affirms the importance – and the difficulty – of remembering.


  • projection time:
    70 min.
  • country/year:
    Poland /2019
  • director:
    Eric Bednarski
  • pictures:
    Jacek Petrycki, Jerzy Rudziński, Magdalena Kowalczyk
  • production:
    Dorota Przyłubska / Pado Studio Film
  • awards :
    World premiere at the 16th Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival

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