Filmmakers Statement

Sixty years after the Second World War, the conflict is still going on in Galicia.  It remains in the hearts of people, in the painful memories that did not get a chance to heal and in the hurtful stories that are still passed on from one generation to the next.  The Soviet regime that dominated the region until the beginning of the 90s did not allow people to talk about what had happened to them, to their loved ones or to their neighbors. The wounds that were not exposed never got a chance to heal. As a matter of fact, in the USSR, the entire history of the region was re-written in order to serve the myth created by the Soviet ideology.

When we set out to make this film four years ago, we wanted to bring peace to the hearts of the people of Galicia and to their descendants that are now spread all over the world.  That is why we decided to reflect the perspectives of the three major ethnic and religious groups that used to live on that land: Jews, Ukrainians and Poles. We wanted all three groups to have a chance to hear the other side’s perspective and hopefully feel some sympathy towards people who were formerly perceived as enemies. Out of the many stories that we filmed we chose to focus on three characters: Aharon Weiss, Olia Ilkiv and Father Stanislav Bartminski because they have one important element in common: they reached out to the other side and were able to overcome barriers of prejudice and hatred during the most difficult circumstances: at the time of war, oppression and ethnic conflict.