The Officers Wife
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The Officers Wife

THE OFFICER'S WIFE is a true story of murder, deportation and shocking cover-up.

In an old safe, a man discovers his grandmother's memoirs, old photos of an army officer and a mysterious postcard that link to a concealed crime; the Katyn Forest massacre. Weaving interviews with bold animation, The Officer's Wife explores the collision of truth, justice and memory in a family tragedy.

The cover-up of the Katyn massacre is still rarely acknowledged. Two million families (mostly spouses, children and relatives of Polish military officers murdered at Katyn) were taken from their homes in Poland and deported to Siberia by the Soviets in 1940 and the U.S. and Great Britain took an active role in covering it up.

Over half were dead within one year. Only 200,000 managed to survive and leave the Soviet Union. Those that escaped were told by the U.S. and Britain to keep their mouths shut about what happened.

This is their story.

Academy-award winner Jan A.P. Kaczmarek partnered with filmmaker Piotr Uzarowicz to create a moving story about a family caught in the crossfire of the Soviets and Nazis and the lifelong repercussions that followed.

In English with Polish subtitles available as an option.

That Uzarowicz has compiled testimony from survivors makes this important; that he weaves a complicated story with enough skill to make it understandable makes it compelling viewing.
Buffalo Art Voice

I watched with gripping intensity and outraged emotions.
Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski

Presents Katyn and its aftermath like no other film-it is deeply moving.
Alex Storozynski, Kosciuszko Foundation

Interweaving his own personal search into the story, which is so complex and "shrouded," he helps us understand the historical sequence of events and feel the very personal, human consequences upon generations of survivors. A beautiful film.
Mary Skinner, "In the Name of their Mothers"

It is personal, heart-wrenching and powerful in its impact about this heinous crime and subsequent cover-up. It is an important film for anyone interested in, not only the Katyn massacre, but the relationships between the major Allied forces in WW2.
Doug Jacobson, "Night of Flames"

Special Jury Prize - OKNO Film Festival
Audience Award for Best Film - Indie Gems Film Festival
Best Non-Fiction Film - Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival
Best Director - Indie Gems Film Festival

Film Festivals:
Camerimage Film Festival 2010
Chicago International Film Festival/Summer 2011
Ekran Toronto Film Festival 2011
Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival 2011
Indie Gems Film Festival 2012
Madison Polish Festival 2011
Niepokorni, Niezlomni, Wykleci, 2012
OKNO Film Festival, 2013
Rochester Film Festival 2012
Seattle Polish Film Festival 2011
Three Rivers Film Festival 2011
Twin Cities Film Festival 2012

Title #303747
Format: DVD-R