Friday, May 6, 2016 - 7:00pm
In 1943 a group of 1,434 Polish refugees from the Soviet Russia, including a few hundred orphans, arrived at an abandoned ranch of Santa Rosa at the invitation of the Mexican President. Santa Rosa, near Leon, Mexico, became their home for the next few years. Earlier, in December 1942, the Prime Minister of Polish Government in Exile, General Władysław Sikorski, arrived in Mexico to sign an agreement with President of Mexico Avila Camacho to set up such a camp. Mexico was the only country outside the British Commonwealth which offered assistance in solving the humanitarian crisis of thousands of Polish civilians displaced in temporary camps in Iran.
Slawomir Grünberg is an Emmy Award-winning documentary producer, director, cameraman, and editor born in Lublin, Poland. He is a graduate of the Polish Film School in Lodz, where he studied cinematography and directing. He emigrated from Poland to the US in 1981, and has since directed and produced over 40 television documentaries. In 1987 he founded Log In Productions, a professional film and video production company.