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Many Awards for “Karski & The Lords of Humanity”

Animated still from the documentary "Karski & The Lords of Humanity" (Courtesy of Sławomir Grünberg ) Animated still from the documentary "Karski & The Lords of Humanity" (Courtesy of Sławomir Grünberg )

The Lavr Award 2016, considered the Russian documentary "Oscar," was awarded to Karski & The Lords of Humanity  in the educational category on December 9, in Moscow.

This fascinating documentary by Emmy award filmmaker Sławomir Grünberg has already traveled around the globe, gathering accolades from critics and the audiences. We are presenting a list of awards and award nominations the movie has received since its premiere in 2015:


  • The Lavr Award – the Russian “Oscar” First Prize in educational category, Moscow, Russia
  • Grand Prix in documentary category – International Historical & Military Film Festival, Warsaw, Poland
  • Nomination for the Best Documentary – The Eagles Awards (Polish Film “Oscar”), Poland
  • Best Polish documentary – "Jewish Motives" at International Film Festival, Warsaw, Poland

It has also been chosen as official selection at the following film festivals:

  • Boston Jewish Film Festival
  • International Jewish Film Festival in Australia
  • Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival
  • Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival
  • Westchester Jewish Film Festival
  • New Jersey Jewish Film Festival
  • Maine Jewish Film Festival
  • Buffalo Jewish Film Festival
  • EKRAN Polish Film Festival in Canada
  • Polish Film Festival in Rochester
  • "Two Riversides" Film & Art Festival, Kazimierz, Poland
  • Jewish Culture Festival, Kraków, Poland
  • "Cameraimage" International Film Festival, Bydgoszcz, Poland

Combining historical photography and film footage of Karski with animation, the film portrays Karski and his times in a powerful but thoughtful way. Footage from Karski’s Shoah appearance reveals Karski’s emotion over the events that he had witnessed decades before. Narrated by Karski’s biographer Tom Woods, the film presents historical commentaries by British historian Martin Gilbert, who provides context into Churchill’s perspective, and Zbigniew Brzezinski, who speaks about his reaction to meeting Karski as a child. Even though Karski had felt that his actions had little impact, it is pointed out that the War Refugee Board was established after his meetings with Western officials, resulting in the saving of about 200,000 Hungarian and Romanian Jews. Animated sequences provide natural transitions between sections of Karski’s story in an effective way.

See a selection of articled showing the reaction to the movie by a diverse audience:




The Jan Karski Educational Foundation is a co-sponsor of the film's US distribution and is pleased at the reaction of both audiences, award-granting organizations, and critics.

Watch the official trailer of the movie: https://vimeo.com/143351924

Official website: www.jankarski.com

Production Team of Karski & The Lords of Humanity:

Director/Producer/Director of Photography/Co-Writer: Sławomir Grünberg

Writer/Co-Editor: Katka Reszke

Producer: Dariusz Jabłoński

Producer: Violetta Kamińska

Producer: Izabela Wójcik

Co-Writer: Thomas Wood

Sound Design: Tomasz Dukszta

Co-Editor: Matylda Kawka

Director of Animation: Tomek Niedźwiedź