After regaining its independence, the Polish state had a difficult task ahead, to connect the economically and socially empty lands into one efficiently functioning state organism. Despite many obstacles – different value systems, infrastructure and administration – in the post-partition areas, in 1918 Poland began a process of rapid development, which no one expected and which had no precedent in the past. It was the result of titanic work and huge potential, which still remains within us. Still today many are aware of the scientific achievements and successes of Polish technical thought from this period, especially in the field of aviation and motorisation. This prosperity in every area of life in pre War Poland – from culture, art to science, economy and engineering – this Golden era in Polish history, was brutally interrupted by World War II.
Here we come to an interesting issue, which troubles the mind of few people. The issue is the lack of a sense of belonging in the tradition of an interwar Poland. A lack of social, cultural and national continuity between the II and III Republic and all the consequences which come with it. According to us it is important to make people aware of this continuity, for it still exists. It’s hidden but it exists.
After the end of military actions after the “liberation” of Poland by the Red Army, Poland was in a situation which was called by some a “second occupation”. It lasted nearly half a century and had a destructive impact on the memory of the achievements of the II Republic, and on the awareness of the grandeur and meaning of human potential, which had built Poland from zero. A potential which was for many years suppressed and lived on in the back of our minds.
For what do we really know about the II Republic, which today we do not associate as a story about a tin soldier and a porcelain dancer on a yellowed, black and white film. Is it not universally felt that on a rational and emotional level, the II Republic doesn’t have any influence on our modern reality?
This is a question which (and many others) we want to answer through our Project Niepospolita (Rarepublic).
NIEPOSPOLITA is an attempt to create stories anew about the II Republic, in a modern, very emotional and yet realistic and substantive way. It is a summary of Polish achievements, atmosphere, the universal state of mind and the hope for an illuminated future in the interwar period, which was accomplished before the tragedy on the 1st of September 1939.
On the occasion of the film’s premiere a website was created which presents articles about forgotten characters from the interwar period, whose achievements often changed the world.
Musical artists from the young generation were also invited to partake in the project, such as Adam Baron, who tries to interpret interwar hits in a modern way.
All the visual and musical effects, as well as the rich content of the Niepospolita project serve one goal: to bring this period to the contemporary viewer, so that he can almost physically find himself there. The second goal is to evoke in the recipient, how much of this potential is still in us and how we can use it to build modern Poland.
The measure of the project’s success will be the number of people who will ask themselves the question “how would Poland and Polish people be, and what level of development and wealth would we have reached if it wasn’t for the II World War?”
The answer to this question … it’s a topic for another story, which will certainly come soon.
We transmit knowledge about Polish history and Polish achievements
The axis of Rarepublic’s narrative is Grandeur and Loss depicted through poignant stories of real and fictional people, during the pre-war era, in a developing, economically, socially and technologically Poland.
A multimedia and multi-channel project which befits today’s times. It is connected to social media.