Wiesław Dąbrowski’s latest documentary film Paderewski: Man of Action, Success and Famewas recognized with the Certificate of Merit at the 2014 Chicago International Film Festival in the category of Television Awards, History/Biography. Realized with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the City of Warsaw, this film was also shown at the Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles, California in November 2013.

Mr. Dąbrowski’s forty-minute documentary presents the history of the great Polish patriot, world-famous pianist, composer, statesman, diplomat, politician and philanthropist. Thanks to Paderewski, Poland regained independence after World War I. Narrated chronologically, the film traces Paderewski’s early years in Kuryłówka and Warsaw to his sensationally successful debut in Paris in 1888. The film continues with Paderewski’s triumphs in North America, presents vignettes from his personal life, and documents Paderewski’s rising worldwide recognition as an exceptional artist and performer.

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