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45 mins | English/ Polish | 2019 | India
Directed by Anjali Bhushan
Written by Anjali Bhushan, Malgorzata Czausow
Produced by Apricot Sky Entertainment – Anjali Bhushan
Co-Produced by Malgorzata Czausow, Film Polska – Krzysztof Solek
Both in films and history books, a lot is spoken about World War II, however outside of Poland little is known about what happened to the Poles who survived Soviet Siberian labour camps. These Poles have different stories with one common link – Kira Banasinska, wife of Eugene Banasinski, the first Polish Consul General of Poland in Bombay.
Kira Banasinska, as part of the Polish Red Cross, helped settle the war refugees in two camps, one at Jamnagar for 500 children and another larger camp at Valivade, Kolhapur. There were more than six thousand Polish war refugees in India during the period of 1942-1948. Post India’s independence, in 1948, most of them relocated from India to the UK, a few to Latin America and France and even fewer to Communist Poland.
Through previously unseen archives and first hand testimonies from the survivors, My Home India tells the phenomenal story of Kira’s struggle to find a safe passage and home for the Polish war refugees in India, and how, while making a home for them in India, India became her home.
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Anjali Bhushan is a multifaceted filmmaker known for telling inspiring and hopeful stories with equal ease in fiction and non-fiction genres. With a talent for uncovering beauty amidst human flaws, she has co-produced and directed documentaries internationally, including India’s Daughter, My Home India, Smiling Woman Of Banda, The Bandra Project and Khatarnaak. Anjali has a vast network in the Indian and global film industry and experience collaborating with governments, maintaining high standards of national values.
She began her directing career with TV shows like Namaste India, People’s Club, and Take5 for Sony TV, Zee TV, and EL TV. Anjali has contributed to notable films such as Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Albela, Kismat Konection, Dharm, and Shivaay. She currently holds the role of Vice President Content and Production at Viacom18Studios, where she has developed and produced an impressive slate of films and digital series.
Anjali’s upcoming project involves collaborating with Phoenix Pictures, a Hollywood producer, to create an English-language film based on her award-winning documentary My Home India, which highlights Kira Banasinska’s work with Polish refugees in India.
Notable Projects: Satyameva Jayate, Hate Story, Blackmail, Fanney Khan, Batla House, Marjaanvaan, Kabir Singh, Arjun Patiala, Street Dancer 3D, Saina, Ludo, Ray, Jamtara 2, She 2, Shabaash Mithu, Transition, Gaanth, Mahim, Kaalkoot, Cadets, Dhak Dhak, Suspect, Single Salma, Logout, Shanti Bhavan amongst others.
Sandhya Kumar is a filmmaker and editor based in Bangalore. A graduate of San Francisco Art Institute and Jamia Millia University, New Delhi, her work is inspired by the desire to make visible the poetry of everyday life. She has received film grants from the India Foundation for the Arts (IFA) and the Public Service Broadcasting Trust (PSBT) and has been an ATSA fellow at ARThink South Asia. Sandhya is a trustee of Vikalp Bengaluru, a filmmakers’ collective committed to creating platforms for documentary films to reach wider audiences.