W imię syna - historia zza żelaznej kurtyny / The son who never was
Production: GER 2013
A moving, Polish-German spy story from the 70s and 80s of the 20th century. Janusz finds out that right after he was born his mother abandoned him, being displaced from Poland to Germany. The man decides to find her but has problems with getting a visa to enter West Germany (FRG). Years later it turns out that Janusz's mother died under unknown circumstances, and there is another “son” living under his name in Germany – a Polish People's Republic's spy who stole Janusz's identity. After learning the truth, the man dies. Janusz is the uncle of the author, who tells the family story from a personal perspective.
Agnieszka Kuchcińska-Kurcz – journalist, author of numerous reportages concerning contemporary history of Poland, and interviews with witnesses of historic events, co-author of several television reportages on people and events from the times of the Polish People's Republic. Initiator of Muzeum Przełomów, known today as Centrum Dialogu Przełomy. From 2008 CDP plenipotentiary of the Marshal of the West Pomerania Voivodeship, from 2013 branch manager and curator of the emerging permanent exhibition of Centrum Dialogu Przełomy in the National Museum in Szczecin.
Róża Romaniec born in 1972 in Gliwice, studied journalism and political studies in Germany. Since 1996 has been working as a correspondent for German and Polish media (including Deutsche Welle, RBB, WDR and TV Polonia). “The son who never was” is her first film.