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From ONCE MY MOTHER DVD Extras, here's THE FORGOTTEN HISTORY.
The full award winning film is available at www.oncemymother.com.au

Director Sophia Turkiewicz reflects on how she became aware of the hidden history of Poland, Russia and the Allies during World War II. This is a story little know in the West and uncovered during Sophia's investigation into her mother's extraordinary wartime journeys from Poland to Russia, Iran, Africa and finally, Australia.

SYNOPSIS - Once My Mother
When Australian filmmaker Sophia Turkiewicz was seven years old, her Polish mother, Helen, abandoned her in an Adelaide orphanage. Sophia never forgot this maternal act of betrayal. Now in middle age, as Sophia examines her troubled relationship with Helen, she discovers the story behind
Helen’s miraculous wartime escape from a Siberian gulag, her subsequent survival against the odds and the truth about an historic betrayal involving Stalin and the Allies. With Helen sliding into dementia, Sophia must confront her own demons. Did she ever truly know this woman who became her mother? Does she have it in her heart to forgive her? And is it too late?

Produced in association with the Kresy Siberia Foundation www.kresy-siberia.org
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Regina Sidorczuk

I just watched❤️ beautiful just incredible but beautiful.....i feel like I am learning about my mother too (she is Italian from Dalmation Exodus) and what she went through....thank you for making and sharing💗💗💗

Watched and got the video as my parents were also taken to Siberia. Got to see what they lived through and admire their accomplishments all the more.

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From ONCE MY MOTHER, here's Behind The Scenes, another DVD extra, revealing some of the background stories and locations in western Ukraine, formerly Eastern Poland. Told by director Sophia Turkiewicz and producer Rod Freedman.
At www.oncemymother.com.au, you can view the whole multi-award winning film or buy the DVD.

vimeo.com/360445574
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I loved watching this So heart warming and heartbroken at the same time x

Wow Wonderful So glad to finally see ✨✨✨✨✨✅

I saw the whole film and it made me think of my own mother who also grew up in eastern Europe (not Poland). The way of life was the same. Thank you.

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BEGINNINGS OF THE FILM is another DVD Extra about Once My Mother. Director Sophia Turkiewicz and producer Rod Freedman recall how the film got started and progressed to a multi award winning film that won 10 international and 6 Australian awards, screening in over 40 festivals.

View the full film or order the DVD at www.oncemymother.com.au

FILM SYNOPSIS
When Australian filmmaker Sophia Turkiewicz was seven years old, her Polish mother, Helen, abandoned her in an Adelaide orphanage. Sophia never forgot this maternal act of betrayal. Now in middle age, as Sophia examines her troubled relationship with Helen, she discovers the story behind
Helen’s miraculous wartime escape from a Siberian gulag, her subsequent survival against the odds and the truth about an historic betrayal involving Stalin and the Allies. With Helen sliding into dementia, Sophia must confront her own demons. Did she ever truly know this woman who became her mother? Does she have it in her heart to forgive her? And is it too late?

www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EHKB_eoE8Q
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Well done documentary, enjoyed watching it . My maternal grandparents were born and raised na Kresy Wschodnie , but had to migrate west when Soviets claimed Poland’s eastern territory. I like historical presentation as well as personal story of the family. This part of history is so neglected , even deceited but put many poeple through suffering, death,and turbulent life journeys that echoed in next generations. I really enjoy women perspective in a documentary picture because it makes it more personal . I will definitely recommend it .

Nie oceniaj, nie wiesz kto jaką drogę przeszedł, zostawienie dziecka dla matki zawsze jest niewyobrażalna tragedia, nie biorę pod uwagę jakiś skrqjnosci, może zrobiła to z myślą o dobru dziecka 🤔

One of my Favourite Films ❤️❤️

Powerful film. Poignant and necessary documentation of migrant lives. Love this film.

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From ONCE MY MOTHER DVD Extras, here's THE FORGOTTEN HISTORY.
The full award winning film is available at www.oncemymother.com.au

Director Sophia Turkiewicz reflects on how she became aware of the hidden history of Poland, Russia and the Allies during World War II. This is a story little know in the West and uncovered during Sophia's investigation into her mother's extraordinary wartime journeys from Poland to Russia, Iran, Africa and finally, Australia.

SYNOPSIS - Once My Mother
When Australian filmmaker Sophia Turkiewicz was seven years old, her Polish mother, Helen, abandoned her in an Adelaide orphanage. Sophia never forgot this maternal act of betrayal. Now in middle age, as Sophia examines her troubled relationship with Helen, she discovers the story behind
Helen’s miraculous wartime escape from a Siberian gulag, her subsequent survival against the odds and the truth about an historic betrayal involving Stalin and the Allies. With Helen sliding into dementia, Sophia must confront her own demons. Did she ever truly know this woman who became her mother? Does she have it in her heart to forgive her? And is it too late?

Produced in association with the Kresy Siberia Foundation www.kresy-siberia.org
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Regina Sidorczuk

I just watched❤️ beautiful just incredible but beautiful.....i feel like I am learning about my mother too (she is Italian from Dalmation Exodus) and what she went through....thank you for making and sharing💗💗💗

Watched and got the video as my parents were also taken to Siberia. Got to see what they lived through and admire their accomplishments all the more.

View more comments

From ONCE MY MOTHER, here's Behind The Scenes, another DVD extra, revealing some of the background stories and locations in western Ukraine, formerly Eastern Poland. Told by director Sophia Turkiewicz and producer Rod Freedman.
At www.oncemymother.com.au, you can view the whole multi-award winning film or buy the DVD.

vimeo.com/360445574
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Comment on Facebook

I loved watching this So heart warming and heartbroken at the same time x

Wow Wonderful So glad to finally see ✨✨✨✨✨✅

I saw the whole film and it made me think of my own mother who also grew up in eastern Europe (not Poland). The way of life was the same. Thank you.

View more comments

BEGINNINGS OF THE FILM is another DVD Extra about Once My Mother. Director Sophia Turkiewicz and producer Rod Freedman recall how the film got started and progressed to a multi award winning film that won 10 international and 6 Australian awards, screening in over 40 festivals.

View the full film or order the DVD at www.oncemymother.com.au

FILM SYNOPSIS
When Australian filmmaker Sophia Turkiewicz was seven years old, her Polish mother, Helen, abandoned her in an Adelaide orphanage. Sophia never forgot this maternal act of betrayal. Now in middle age, as Sophia examines her troubled relationship with Helen, she discovers the story behind
Helen’s miraculous wartime escape from a Siberian gulag, her subsequent survival against the odds and the truth about an historic betrayal involving Stalin and the Allies. With Helen sliding into dementia, Sophia must confront her own demons. Did she ever truly know this woman who became her mother? Does she have it in her heart to forgive her? And is it too late?

www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EHKB_eoE8Q
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Well done documentary, enjoyed watching it . My maternal grandparents were born and raised na Kresy Wschodnie , but had to migrate west when Soviets claimed Poland’s eastern territory. I like historical presentation as well as personal story of the family. This part of history is so neglected , even deceited but put many poeple through suffering, death,and turbulent life journeys that echoed in next generations. I really enjoy women perspective in a documentary picture because it makes it more personal . I will definitely recommend it .

Nie oceniaj, nie wiesz kto jaką drogę przeszedł, zostawienie dziecka dla matki zawsze jest niewyobrażalna tragedia, nie biorę pod uwagę jakiś skrqjnosci, może zrobiła to z myślą o dobru dziecka 🤔

One of my Favourite Films ❤️❤️

Powerful film. Poignant and necessary documentation of migrant lives. Love this film.

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