The Polish Association recently received this note from a Christchurch Polish member regarding the Iranian film “The Lost Requiem”:
Iranian Cinema Club of the University of Canterbury invited Polish community of Christchurch for a screening of “The Lost Requiem”, an Iranian documentary about WWII exodus of Polish men, women and children from Soviet labour camps to Persia.
The film included stories of Polish refugees who settled in Iran as well as of Polish children who migrated to Pahiatua.
This 1982 documentary was filmed over a period of 12 years by an internationally renowned Iranian director, Khosrow Sinai, who died earlier this year. For his contribution to preserving this previously untold history, Mr. Sinai was awarded the Knights Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.
The screening was attended by a group of Polish Pahiatua children who have been living in Christchurch and a few persons from local Polish community. A copy of this film (English and Persian with English subtitle, Polish songs) is currently available on Youtube here