An Ordinary Country

  • 9 10
  • 2020
  • 52min
An Ordinary Country
  • Original Title: Zwyczajny Kraj

Hidden cameras reveal the grotesque and terrifying surveillance state of communist Poland, where Big Brother invades every aspect of life.

An Ordinary Country

AWARDS: Golden Hobby-Horse of Cracow. Krakow Film Festival/ Jury Prize. Visions du Réel International Film Festival/ Special Jury Award. Minsk International Film Festival “Listapad”/ Winner Neiße-Fische. Neisse Film Festival/ Special Mention. Festiwal Niepokorni Niezlomni Wykleci/ Special Jury Prize. Polish Film Festival in America/ Special Mention from the jury. Buenos Aires International Documentary Festival/ Award of the Polish Filmmakers Association. Festiwal Mediów Czlowiek w zagrozeniu

OFFICIAL SELECTION: Polish Film Awards/ IndieLisboa International Independent Film Festival/ ZagrebDox/ 

An Ordinary Country - Hidden cameras expose communist Poland’s

This historical footage documentary uses a variety of covert materials—controlled conversations, hidden camera recordings, dirty records of interrogations, and recruitment attempts, along with video tutorials for security service officers—to depict the monitored life in Poland under communism.

The gripping documentary portrays a grotesque yet horrifying picture of a society where Big Brother not only watches but invades the intimacy of ordinary citizens. As the film progresses, the sense of horror escalates, culminating in a chilling depiction of a communist panopticon that continuously spies on and records itself.

Tomasz Wolski
Tomasz Wolski Director

Production Companies

Kijora Film sp. z o.o.

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