An Ordinary Country (2020)

  • Documentary
  • 51min

They were everywhere, though they tried to be invisible. Filming while hiding in restaurants, on the street, in shops. They registered illegal bottling of regulated fuel; lovers meeting in a hotel. They wiretapped phone calls with a man living abroad, during which Poles placed orders for haemorrhoid ointment. They filmed interviews during which, through blackmail, they carried out the process of breaking a detainee to persuade him 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 1960’s through the 1980’s.


Tomasz Wolski


Tomasz Wolski


Anna Gawlita


Bengali, Spanish