51 min


An Ordinary Country

Zwyczajny Kraj

Directing: Tomasz Wolski


They were everywhere, though they tried to be invisible. Filming from hiding in restaurants, on the street, in shops. They registered illegal bottling of regulated fuel, lovers meeting in the hotel. They wiretapped phone calls with a man living abroad, during which Poles placed orders for hemorrhoid ointment. They filmed interviews during which, through blackmail, they carried out the process of breaking a detainee to persuade them to cooperate. Another time, they interrogated a woman from whom they required detailed billing of household expenses, including the type of meat and the number of butter cubes used. ‘An Ordinary Country’ is a found footage creative documentary based on film and videotapes recorded by officers of the Polish communist security services in the 60s through the 80s.


True Story, episode 8: An Ordinary Country
2. 1. 2021

True Story, episode 8: An Ordinary Country

Nicole J. Adelman talks to Tomasz Wolski about his film An Ordinary Country, which is comprised of the footage from the Polish Secret Service archives.
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