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While Poland is celebrating the centenary of regaining independence, we are delighted to present the Canadian premiere of Robert Wachowiak's documentary "Falcons of Freedom", uncovering the pivotal role of the U.S., Canada and the Polish-American community in the fight for Poland's Independence during the Great War.

The film follows Anthony Adamsky, a 28-year-old American of Polish descent who accidentally discovers a photograph from the Great War featuring his great-grandfather, John Adamsky in a mysterious foreign uniform. To unravel the secret, Anthony embarks on a journey that leads him across the U.S. Canada and Poland. He discovers on the way that during the First World War, John responded to the call of the Polish Falcons in America and enlisted in the Polish Army to fight for Poland's independence. He has come a long way from the recruiting station in the USA, through the training camp in Canada, and the European Western Front, to finally reach the country of his birth – Poland.

The film was inspired by original footage shot in 1917 by the Polish Falcons in America and restored in 2017 whose extensive fragments were included.

Watch the trailer of "Falcons of Freedom" here.

ROBERT WACHOWIAK was born in 1964 in Ostrów Wielkopolski, Poland. He is film and TV director, screenwriter, producer and journalist. Since 2004, he has resided in the US where he attended screenwriting and directing professional courses, and worked on TV reportages, documentaries and commercials. In 2010 he debuted as a screenwriter, director and producer of the short feature film “Absolution.” He worked also as production executive on Polish film productions in the US.

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