Czesiek is a documentary about a Polish-American rally car driver named Czeslaw Wodnicki - Czesiek for short. Wodnicki seeks refuge in the US and his life becomes tarnished by a clash of cultures, family feuds and yearning for the past.
“Wodnicki należal w Polsce do elity kierowców rajdowych, a jego nowojorska historia to spektakularna kraksa.”

Polish riders participating in the 14th Acropolis Rally (1966): From left to right: Adam Wędrychowski, Czeslaw Wodnicki, Ewa Zasada, Andrzej Nytko and Zenon Leszczuk.

Rick Bak and Sobiesław Zasada in Krakow. October 25th, 2017. Photo: Robert Discalfani.

On April 22nd, 2017 Polish weekly Nowy Dziennik, inspired by my film idea, published an article Lonely Death Of A Rider about Czeslaw Wodnicki and the upcoming film Czesiek
Click here for on-line version of the article (in Polish). 
For English translation please follow this link.

From left to right: Rick Bak, Zbigniew Semczyk and Robert Discalfani, director of photography.

In the front of Polish & Slavic Center in Brooklyn, NY where Mr. Żyliński and Czesiek met many years ago.
Photo: Robert DiScalfani.

Jurek "Jerry" Zarzycki and Rick Bak. Long Island City, NY. Photo: Robert DiScalfani.

Zygmunt Wiśniowski reflects on his friend Czeslaw Wodnicki. Director of Photography: Robert DiScalfani.

Dr. Andrzej Kaminski in his office in Greenpoint, NY. Director of Photography: Jeffrey Akers.

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