During WW2, Polish resistance officer Kazimierz Moczarski prepared an assassination attempt on SS General Jürgen Stroop. Stroop commanded the liquidation of the Warsaw Ghetto and the suppression of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, which led to the murder of Warsaw's Jews.
After the War ended, courts in Communist Poland sentenced them both to death. Awaiting execution, they were thrown together in the same prison cell. During this time, Moczarski was regularly tortured and interrogated by the secret police.
Stroop was hanged in 1952.
In 1956, after the end of Stalinism, Moczarski was acquitted and rehabilitated. Moczarski later recorded his 9 month prison confrontation with Stroop in his book Conversations with an Executioner.
year of production: 2016
running time: 5 min.
direction, script, design, editing, compositing: Tomasz Siwiński
music: Adam Brzozowski
sound design: Piotr Mejran
key animation: Anna Chrzanowska, Maciej Fechner, Andrzej Bzdak, Michał Makowski
painting: Katarzyna Głowa, Wanda Swajda, Edyta Adamczak, Magdalena Marchocka, Tomasz Nowojewski, Paulina Maksjan, Katarzyna Agopsowicz
executive producer: FUMI Studio
production: Fundacja im. Kazimierza i Zofii Moczarskich
The film was subsidised by the National Centre for Culture under the programme Kultura -Interwencje 2015
IV Ogólnopolski Festiwal Polskiej Animacji O!PLA 2015 (in competition), Poland, 2016
ANIMATOR - 9th International Animated Film Festival (in competition), Poznań (Poland), 2016
ANIMA - the Brussels Animation Films Festival (screening), Brussels (Belgium), 2017
International Festival of Animated Films ANIFILM 2017 (in competition), Trebon (Czech Republic), 2017
National Gallery of Art (screening), Washington DC (United States), 2017
Annecy International Animated Film Festival (in competition), Annecy (France), 2017
Art Film Fest Kosice(in competition),Kosice (Slovakia), 2017
22th Milano Film Festival (screening), Milano (Italy), 2017
12th anim'est International Animation Film Festival (in competition), Bucharest (Romania), 2017
1st ReAnima Film Festival (in competition), Bergen (Norway), 2017
14th Balkanima European Animated Film Festival (in competition), Beograd (Serbia), 2017
Animatou International Animation Festival 2017 (in competition), Geneva (Switzerland), 2017
London International Animation Festival 2017 (in competition), London (The United Kingdom), 2017
14th Animateka International Animated Film Festival (screening), Ljubljana (Slovenia), 2017
Tampere Film Festival (screening), Tampere (Finland), 2018
Northwest Animation Festival (in competition), Portland (USA), 2018
Animavi - International Film Festival of Poetic Animation (in competition), Pergola (Italy), 2018
Anima Mundi 2018 - 26th International Animation Festival of Brazil (screening), Rio de Janeiro, Săo Paulo (Brazil), 2018
Melbourne International Animation Festival (in competition), Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin (New Zealand), 2018
17th International Animation Festival in Japan - HIROSHIMA 2018 (in competition), Hiroshima (Japan), 2018