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ONCE MY MOTHER
ONCE MY MOTHER
Director SOPHIA TURKIEWICZ
Screenplay SOPHIA TURKIEWICZ
Cinematography ROD FREEDMAN, JOANNE PARKER, STEPHEN SCHEDING, ROB GEORGE, TIM WALSH, TONY WILSON, MICHAL MODLINGER
Music CEZARY SKUBISZEWSKI
Producer ROD FREEDMAN

Narrator JEN VULETIC
 ZOFIA WICHLACZ
 WENANTY NOSUL
 KAROLINA PORCARI
 ARTUR {donotparse}URBANSKI

When Australian filmmaker Sophia Turkiewicz was seven years old, her Polish mother,
Helen, abandoned her in an Adelaide orphanage. Sophia never forgot this maternal act of
betrayal. Now in middle age, as Sophia examines her troubled relationship with Helen, she
discovers the story behind Helen’s miraculous wartime escape from a Siberian gulag, her
subsequent survival against the odds and the truth about an historic betrayal involving
Stalin and the Allies. With Helen sliding into dementia, Sophia must confront her own
demons. Did she ever truly know this woman who became her mother? Does she have it
in her heart to forgive her? And is it too late?

The 18th Annual
Polish Film Festival
October 18-26, 2017
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