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"Siberian Exile" - Polish Film Festival at SIFF/Uptown - Sunday Oct 20

We will be attending the 3:00 pm showing of the 2012 film "Siberian Exile" which is on the program of the Seattle Polish Film Festival. The film, which will be shown at the SIFF/Uptown Theater, is in Polish with English subtitles. The festival's web site state that the director Janusz Zaorski will be at this showing.

Here is a description of the film taken from the festival's web site:

"Siberian Exile is an epic tale of Poles, Ukrainians and Jews who are deported to Soviet Union in 1939. Their fate is shown from the perspective of a young boy Staszek, who is transported to Siberia with his family and neighbors from a small village in the eastern Poland. Together with his companions, he starts the struggle for survival, where the most fearsome opponents turn out to be merciless nature, terrible cold and deadly famine. Circumstances force the boy to reevaluate his life and grow up faster. Soon he will have to learn the essential struggle for survival and make decisions that will effect lives of his relatives. He will also have to choose between love for the Jewish Zinnia and the Russian Luybk."

Because this is a recent film apparently with no American distributor there is very little information about it such as critical reviews. There is a trailer which has only Polish subtitles but despite this you will get an idea of what this film is all about:

Siberian Express - trailer

In the past twenty plus years since the disintegration of the USSR and its influence over its Warsaw Pact member nations some countries such as Poland have made films that have been frank about the role of the Russians in their recent history. Katyn, the film by famed director Andrzeja Wajdy, depicted the execution of of 22,000 Poles who posed a threat to the Russian control over their national after World War II. Siberian Express shows the forced relocation of some Poles to Siberia at the start of World War II. [Historical note:
Stalin also had Tatars removed from the Crimea and the Chechens from their homeland which is why their hatred of Russians continues today with armed conflict.]

This is the only showing at the festival and it might be your only chance ever to see it. The admission fee is $10 for adults, $5 for SIFF members. Advanced ticket purchase is advised.

After you have entered the screening room and have placed a territorial marker (e.g. jacket) to save your seat please meet me and other meetup participants in the lobby starting around 2:45. We will have a brief time to socialize. I am an Asian male who wears glasses and who will probably be wearing a cap of some type (beret, black rain hat, African brimless cap (kufi). A head shot of me appears in the photo section of my profile so you can see for whom to look. My cell phone,[masked], will be on until the start of the program. Please note that I use a “dumbphone” which is voice only (no data capability but it does meet Mil Standard 810G and can operate in a wide range of hostile environments such as a sandstorm) so do not text me or post a message on the web site; I will not be able to read these.

There will be an optional beverage and food stop at the conclusion (i.e., after all the credits have rolled by) of this film. Meet me in in the lobby of the theater.

George Liu


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  • Maria M.

    Take care of that cold Linda. Most of the people I know who have had it (including me) say it lasts a couple weeks ending up with a phlegmy cough. I'm going to the doc tomorrow (after 11 days) to see if I need anything to possibly clear up my lungs.

    October 20, 2013

  • Linda K

    I've very sorry, but I'm coming down with a cold and won't be able to make it....

    October 20, 2013

  • George L.

    Please note that SIFF only lists those films that are being shown under its sponsorship. This film is sponsored by the Seattle Polish Film Festival and is listed on a different page: I have my ticket to this showing so there is no doubt that it will be shown.

    October 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm up for a lot of anything but this looks too much like dr zhivago for me....I will catch everyone at another movie :)

    October 19, 2013

  • Linda K

    Only a few movies in the Polish Film Festival have guests related to the film, from Poland, that attend. The special guest comes to the front of the theater and there is always a short, interesting Q & A session.

    October 5, 2013

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