written & directed by Pavel Štingl director of photography Miroslav Janek sound by Michael Míček, Daniel Němec edited by Tonička Janková production manager Ondřej Zima produced by K2 s.r.o., Yeti Films Sp. z o.o., Evolution Films s.r.o., Czech Television - Ostrava Studio co-financed by State Fund for the Support and Development of Czech Cinematography, Polish Film Institute distributed by K2 s.r.o
colour, B&W 83'
Czech Republic, Poland 2008
These same homes and houses, these same streets where many years ago Jews spent every moment fighting for survival, are today inhabited by new residents. Before World War II, Baluty was a feared crime-ridden neighbourhood. Immediately after occupying Poland, the Nazis established a Jewish ghetto here, which housed 200,000 Jews waiting for their death. After the autumn of 1941, they were joined by Jews from five Czech transports. Life in the poor, working-class district of the industrial town of Lodz is marked by poverty, alcohol and unemployment. Baluty then and Baluty now have much in common. Images from the past and present of this stigmatised place are brought together by interviews with the area's original and current inhabitants and reporter Henryk Ross's unique photographs from the distant past.