Tararua District Council
Pahiatua Museum were privileged to receive permission from award-winning film director Marek Lechowicz to hold a special screening of his 2015 documentary – „Overcoming Fate” (Wygrać z przeznaczeniem).
The story of WW2 deportees, the Polish Pahiatua Children, from Poland through Siberia and Persia to NZ, in Polish with English subtitles.
It tells the story of Polish WW2 deportees to Siberia and Kazakhstan, many of them orphaned children. Offered temporary shelter in Persia in 1942 following the amnesty for Polish citizens in the Soviet Union, in 1944 they were invited by Rt Hon Peter Fraser to enjoy a safe haven in New Zealand until the end of the war. Many remained here for life and came to be known as the “Polish Pahiatua Children”.
This hauntingly creative film uses archival footage and contemporary material filmed in New Zealand (interviews with survivors) and in Poland (reenactments) for a deeply moving experience. Its artistic quality is enhanced by the elegiac use of the poetry of Zbigniew Herbert set to the animations of Zdzisław Beksiński’s paintings, and the musical score from Robert Chojnacki.
Screening at the Pahiatua Regent Theatre on 4 & 5 June 2022 at 11am and the Dannevirke Regent Theatre on 11 June 2022 at 11am.
Tickets are $15 per adult (16+), $10 per child (under 16) and $45 per family (2 adult, 2 child). Raffle tickets and other fundraising items will be on sale. For further details on the screenings and additional events throughout June please visit www.tararuadc.govt.nz/ukraine or call 0800 TARARUA (827 278).
Learn more: www.tararuadc.govt.nz/ukraine
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This event is proudly supported by Tararua District Council, Pahiatua Museum and Explore Pahiatua.