Warsaw, Poland – The much anticipated edition dedicated to Poland of “The Royal Tour” documentary series premiered earlier this week in the United States. In accordance with the format of the series, in which the history and culture of various nations is presented by the given country’s head of government or head of state, “Poland: The Royal Tour” is hosted by none other than Poland’s Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki.
Produced by journalist Peter Greenberg along with the Polish National Foundation, the film, which airs on PBS next week, officially premiered on 15 April at the American Academy of Movies, Arts and Science in Los Angeles, at the Lyric Opera in Chicago on 16 April and finally at the Guggenheim Museum in New York on 17 April.
“It is really a huge success that we were able to convince so many producers to film ‘The Royal Tour’ in Poland. It is a wonderful film and we hope that viewers all over the world will get to know a Poland they have never known before,” said Filip Rdeński, head of the Polish National Foundation.
In the film, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki gives journalist Peter Greenberg a tour of the country, visiting places such as Warsaw, Wrocław, Kraków, the Wieliczka Mine, and Gdynia. They also pay an emotional visit to “Hitler’s most notorious death camp” Auschwitz-Birkenau, arguably one of the main highlights of the movie. The controversial Holocaust Law is also explained in the movie.
In sneak peak preview of the documentary, Morawiecki even challenges Peter Greenberg to a friendly game of table tennis before heading out to Bar Koszyki and testing out the Warsaw nightlife.
The documentary also shows Poland as a modern country with a “booming economy” that draws a lot from its tradition and history. “I wish for those who see the ‘Poland: The Royal Tour’ to see a country that not only takes pride in its history, but also one that has a bright future,” says Morawiecki in the film which describes Poland as “a country of immense beauty still haunted by its past.”
Previous editions of the famed documentary series featured leaders included the king of Jordan, the Prime Minister of New Zealand, the President of Mexico and Peru and the Prime Minister of Israel.