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The album 'Songs for the betrayed world' found under 'Audio', on this site. And the stage play performed in Brighton and London. Will now be brought to life on screen by the main parts in Bill Smith's feature film. Written and directed by Bill Smith, co-directed by Val Aviv and produced by Natalie Pottinger.
This feature film tells the amazing real life story of the Polish poet and Auschwitz writer, Tadeusz Borowski and his girlfriend and later wife Maria Rundo. Alongside the fictional story of Joan Lekwerekwere, a photographer from Darfur caught up in genocide when she becomes a refugee and an asylum seeker in England.
Tad and Maria's story is based around young bohemian intellectual artists. Namely; a photographer/singer a dancer a writer freedom fighters and artists. All of which were forcefully repressed from expressing their voices, art and love under separate deadly dictatorship regimes. Namely; Africa and Auschwitz.
The stories are about genocide, but it's a musical which does not deal with genocide as a history lesson but as something happening now. Why does the world still look on and look away as the west did at Auschwitz? Borowski says, "I stand among you like a spectre and ask about the source of evil."
This work contains writings by some of the greatest writers of the 20th Century. Tadeusz Borowski's Auschwitz stories are masterpieces of world literature including lines from Elie Wiesel, a survivor of both Auschwitz and Buchenwald who won the Nobel Prize in 1986 for his unforgettable work. And many more of which you can read more about under 'About the writers', on this site. We hope to find amazing singers and actors that can breath life into these precious words again.


The icons and artwork at the top are based on the work by great UK artist, Ralph Freeman from the work, Rosina & Carlos IV (1940) - 1997 mixed media on canvas.

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