Don’t Cry When I’m Gone


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reż|dir Sławomir Grünberg | PL, USA | 2016 | 56 min
prod|pro Sławomir Grünberg, Zygmunt Sieradzki scen|wr Sławomir Grünberg zdj|ph Sławomir Grünberg mon|ed Matylda Kawka


The film’s title „Don’t Cry When I’m Gone” comes from the popular song, performed by the Italian singer Marino Marini who visited Poland in the 60s. The lyrics were written by Wanda Sieradzka, the author of many Polish pop hits. This film is about her – a woman who survived the historical turmoil, Warsaw Ghetto and miraculously avoided annihilation by the Nazis to build a great artistic career in a postwar Poland. The story of Wanda’s extraordinary life is being told by her friends and her only son, who got back home after years of living abroad to look for the traces of his mother’s past. In the soundtrack we can hear unforgettable Polish tunes: “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” performed by Slawa Przybylska, “Rose was red” sung by Jerzy Połomski and of course “Don’t cry when I’m gone” sung with inimitable Italian accent by Marino Marini.

Sławomir Grünberg (1951) An Emmy Award-winning documentary producer, director, cameraman, and editor born in Lublin. He is a graduate of the Polish Film School in Łódź, where he studied cinematography and directing. He is the director of the critically acclaimed „Karski & The Lords of Humanity”. He emigrated from Poland to the US in 1981, and has since directed and produced over 45 television documentaries.

2015 Karski i władcy ludzkości|Karski & The Lords of Humanity
2014 Powroty Szymona|Shimon's Returns
2011 Coming out po polsku|Coming Out Polish Style
2010 Trans-akcja
2009 Perecowicze|Peretzniks, The
2007 Ocaleni przez deportację|Saved by Deportation
2005 Dziedzictwo Jedwabnego|Legacy of Jedwabne, The

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Projekt i realizacja: Tomasz Żewłakow