An Ordinary Country

A journey through time to an era where what is terrifying and unusual was familiar and commonplace. A journey through time or a reflection of today’s reality?

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Controlled conversations, recording with hidden cameras, dirty records of interrogations and recruitment attempts as well as video tutorials for the officers of the security service – all of these materials are employed to portray the monitored life in Poland under communism. Sometimes grotesque, this picture is underpinned by horror, escalating intuitively with every minute. The dramatic culmination is when the Big Brother is not just watching but violating the intimacy of an ordinary citizen. Before us, there is a terrifying communist panopticon which keeps spying on and recording itself.



  • projection time:
    53 min.
  • country/year:
    Poland /
  • director:
    Tomasz Wolski
  • editor:
    Tomasz Wolski
  • production:
    Anna Gawlita – Kijora Film

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