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4th DMZ Docs(2012)

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Violated Letters

Maciej DRYGAS

  • Poland
  • 2011
  • 56min
  • Beta
  • color

Synopsis

During socialism, the Polish state Security Service annually opened tens of millions of letters. Every day, specialist units steamed open, read and analysed people’s private letters. This helped the authorities compile reports about the moods prevailing in society. Occasionally the content would be used to launch investigations against individuals. The ‘Violated Letters’ of the title are intimate portraits of life under socialism. Some express anguish and despair, while others shake an angry fist at the authorities. Still others are practical requests or pleas for help. Taken together, they construct a fascinating psychological picture of the Polish nation in the years 1945~1989. The film has been put together from unique archive film material. Both the original letters and the confidential reports written about them by the Security Service are read aloud by carefully selected voices, conveying the atmosphere of the letters and the times when they were written.

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Director

  • Maciej DRYGAS

    Film director, screenwriter and producer, born in 1956 in Łódź, Poland. After having graduated in 1981 from the Film Directing Dept. of the Cinema Institute in Moscow worked as an assistant director for Krzysztof Zanussi and Krzysztof Kieślowski. Presently, he is also the head of the Radio Documentary Department in the Laboratory of Reportage at Warsaw University and a lecturer at the National Film School in Łódź.  Violated Letters (2011) Hear Us All (2008) One Day in People’s Poland (2005) Voice of Hope (2002) State of Weightlessness (1994) Hear My Cry (1991) Violated Letters (2011)​ 

Credit

  • ProducerMaciej DRYGAS
  • Screenwriter Maciej DRYGAS
  • Cinematography Andrzej
  • Editor Rafal LISTOPAD
  • Sound Paweł SZYMANSKI

Production Company / Distributor / Sales

Production Company  Drygas Production 

Distributor/Sales  ARTE

E-mail  c-hazard@artefrance.fr​