This outstanding historical feature documentary DVD (two discs; four parts, 50-minutes each) is a Jerzy Hoffman film--his films have received numerous awards, including: Oberhausen, Venice, and Moscow IFF. In 2006, he was honored with "Eagle," the Polish Film Academy Award for Life Achievement. In 2008, he directed and produced "Ukraine. The Birth of a Nation." Hoffman is a recipient of the highest state honors both in Poland and in Ukraine.
Director/Producer/co-Scriptwriter Hoffman is a Pole born in Cracow, Poland in 1932; in 1940, he was deported together with his parents to Siberia; in 1955, he graduated from the National Film Institute in Moscow, USSR (WGiK). Today, he is one of the most revered Polish filmmakers. His works include over thirty documentaries and thirteen feature films, including the Academy-nominated Deluge and With Fire and Sword, the largest film production in Polish film industry.
Critically-acclaimed author of "Ukraine: A History," Professor Orest Subtelny critiques this DVD as: "A professionally-made, interesting, generally balanced and informative documentary film that covers all of Ukrainian history; it contains rare film footage, good cinematography and Hoffman's perceptive summaries of distinct historical periods. Well-worth having!"