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25 Years of Innocence

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25 Years of Innocence

Program type: feature film
Running time: 112'
Original title: 25 lat niewinności. Sprawa Tomka Komendy

"25 years of Innocence.” The Case of Tomek Komenda - Jan Holoubek's directorial debut - is a moving sensational drama based on real events that lived throughout Poland. This is a story about the life of Tomasz Komenda - a young man wrongly sentenced to 25 years in prison for rape and murder of a teenager. The filmmakers try to find answers to the questions that still bother everyone today. How could this have happened? Why did an innocent man have to wait 18 years in a cell for justice?


Tomasz Komenda was 23 years old when his normal life was brutally interrupted. Overnight he was arrested, thrown into prison and charged with murder. Subsequent expert opinions confirmed his participation in the crime, and any evidence was against him. For nearly two decades in prison, he was beaten, intimidated, humiliated and on his own. Finally, after 18 years of imprisonment, prosecutors and a policeman appeared on his way, who decided to discover the truth behind the mysterious case of the detainee.


The story of Tomasz Komenda was the subject of the famous TVN report by Grzegorz Głuszak, awarded with the MediaTory award. According to the research conducted by Wirtualna Polska, as many as 89% of Poles heard about the case of an unjustly imprisoned man and to this day it is considered one of the most disgraceful pages in the history of the Polish judiciary. "25 years of Innocence.” The Case of Tomek Komenda is a moving story about the steadfastness of the human spirit, perseverance and the strength that lies in the family. A story full of tension and strong, expressive characters, created according to the best Western models. Showing unknown threads and shedding new light on the events that led to Tomek’s conviction and acquittal.

 

Produced in 2020