The films comprising this documentary cycle depict the history of ethnic minorities living in Lithuania and present different people who foster and try to preserve the culture of Lithuanian Poles, Jews, Belorussians, Russians, Tatars and Karaims.

Contemporary Lithuania attempts to preserve the heritage of Grand Duchy of Lithuania, especially the tradition of ethnic and religious tolerance. That is why the series of documentary films telling about the culture of ethnic minorities living in Lithuania serve not only as a means for a better understanding of the citizens belonging to other cultures, but also as a good way to promote the country.

The first part of the series is a documentary entitled „The culture of Lithuanian Poles“. The film consists of two parts. During the first part of the film the director of the Lithuanian Institute of History dr. Rimantas Miknys presents the history of Lithuanian Poles. His story is illustrated by archival shots and iconographic material. The second part presents the most outstanding figures of the contemporary Polish cultural life, their works and achievements. They reflect on the position and role of Lithuanian Poles in the context of contemporary culture of Lithuania, connections between Polish and Lithuanian cultures, their artists.

In the past, Vilnius, due to its multicultural aura, was a great source of inspiration for many artists. Thus, Vilnius, the Vilnius Region and the whole country in general is proud of such prominent Polish writers as Adam Mickiewicz, Ludwik Kondratowicz (Syrokomla), Czeslaw Milosz, Tadeusz Konwicki and many others who contributed significantly to Polish culture and literature.

Director: Romuald Lawrynowicz
Scriptwriter: Renata Widtman
Produced by: Romuald Lavrynovič and Teresa Zibolienė
2014, 42 min.

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