Spotlight - Eric Bednarski

Eric Bednarski

Is a Warsaw based film director/writer. Born in Halifax, Bednarski studied history and filmmaking in North America and Europe. His documentary film work with the National Film Board of Canada has garnered him a Gemini Award and a Writers Guild of Canada Award nomination. Recently, he was awarded the Decoration of Honour "Meritorious for Polish Culture" by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Bednarski's films have been broadcast across the world and have also screened at international festivals, at the United Nations, the European Parliament and the State Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau. 

Decoration of Honour "Meritorious for Polish Culture" - The Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Odznaka honorowa Zasłużony dla Kultury Polskiej - Ministerstwo Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego.

Eric Bednarski Filmography:

Poland, 2014 - 52 minutes

Neon retraces the history of the Communist-era neon signs of Warsaw, Poland, the context that generated them, the people and places connected with them, and the many meanings they have acquired since they were created. The neons were intended to convey a feeling of modernity and progress in a country cut off from the West. Socialist-blessed, they nevertheless mimicked the colour, dazzle and glamour of post-War capitalist cities.
Today, these neon signs are celebrated and much sought after. In recent years interest in them has grown not only in Poland, but also abroad. 

The Strangest Dream
Canada, 2008 - 90 minutes

The story of Polish Physicist and University of Warsaw graduate Sir Joseph Rotblat and the role of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs to halt nuclear proliferation and bring about disarmament. The film moves from the site of the first nuclear test to Cairo, where Pugwash scientists meet under the cloud of nuclear proliferation, as well as Hiroshima, where the first atomic bomb was dropped. The film features interviews with Rotblat's contemporaries, members of the Pugwash movement and passionate public figures.