A documentary followed by Q/A with the director Tomasz Grzywaczewski

November 30, 2023 at 6:30PM

Communications Building, Room 120

on the UW Campus

The event, sponsored by UW Slavic Department and UW PSEC,

is free and open to the public

Erase the Nation, a documentary film directed by Tomasz Grzywaczewski, is about the destruction of Ukraine’s cultural heritage and crimes committed by the Russian Federation’s troops since the beginning of the invasion on February 24, 2022. The film also pays tribute to individuals who are working to rescue and preserve for future generations their lost heritage and ruined dreams.

The film made by NID TV was commissioned by the Polish National Institute of Cultural Heritage within the framework of activities of the Support Center for Culture in Ukraine. It was financed by funds from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.

Tomasz Grzywaczewski, Director of Erase the Nation, is a war journalist, documentary filmmaker, and author of nonfiction books with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe. 

Since February 2022, he has been serving as a correspondent
for the Chief Evening News Service on TVP1, reporting from Ukraine’s frontline,
adding to his coverage of conflict zones like Donbas, Kurdistan, and Nagorno
Karabakh. Grzywaczewski has collaborated with numerous media outlets,
including CBS News and Foreign Policy. His recent documentary, “Erase the
Nation,” has been screened at international forums such as OSCE and UNESCO, as
well as in cities worldwide e.g., Stockholm, New York, and Kuala Lumpur.
Additionally, he wrote and directed the film “Belarus: Awakening” on the
Belarusian people’s struggle against becoming a dictatorship, Lithuania: In the
Shadow of the Tower about the heroism of Lithuanian people, who restored their
independence in 1990, and many others. Grzywaczewski is the author of the
award winning books: “The Erased Border” dedicated to the people who formed
the multinational mosaic of the Second Polish Republic, “The Borders of Dreams”,
devoted to the post-Soviet unrecognized states, “Life and Death on the Dead
Road” and “Across the Wild East” about extreme expeditions to Siberia.