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Program type: feature film
Running time: 121'
Original title: Bogowie

Visionary, rebel, and doctor who challenged nature. A true story about professor Religa.

An incredible story about a rebel who challenged nature, the regime
and his own shortcomings. It is a film about the first successful heart transplant in Poland performed by Professor Religa in Zabrze. Tragedy of failed surgeries, fight
for each single heartbeat, grand ambitions and painful defeats, solitude of a genius who embarked on a single-handed quest against his mentors and  sparked a revolution in Polish medicine. What was the price he had to pay for his success?

The film presents the nucleus of the discussion on the definition of biological death of a human and the limits of the competences of surgeons. Zbigniew Religa, along with a team of young doctors, opposed his former mentors. The struggle concerned not only a fight for equipment and funding, but first and foremost the clash with outdated mindsets.It is a true portrait of a rebel who devoted all his life to being a forerunner. The professor saved thousands of human lives, yet not all of the surgeries were successful. As regards his patients, Religa made life-and-death decisions on a daily basis. “Gods” is a film about great ambition and willpower, but also about the price one has to pay for success.


Produced in 2014