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From 1942 to 1952, more than 18,000 Polish women and children lived across Africa as World War II refugees, after being deported from Soviet-occupied Poland to Siberia. This is the story of how they ended up there and why their…

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From 1942 to 1952, more than 18,000 Polish women and children lived across Africa as World War II refugees, after being deported from Soviet-occupied Poland to Siberia. This is the story of how they ended up there and why their history was erased, told through the filmmaker’s family connection to it. “Memory Is Our Homeland” is a 90-minute documentary about this forgotten odyssey, and the struggle to remember it.

Mixing interviews, footage shot on location, lost WW2 newsreels, and the personal photos and home movies of the former refugees, the film represents a fragmented inheritance that the filmmaker struggled to piece together over a decade, coming to terms with a family history rooted not only in forced deportation and exile, but in erasure.

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