Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz is a film director, scriptwriter and graphic artist. She graduated in painting from the Fine Art Academy in Wrocław (1978) and directing from Department of Radio and Television of the Silesian University in Katowice (1982). She created dozens of documentary films and TV theater plays as well as a social comedy “The End of the World” (1993). In 2003, she became a laureate of the Polish-German Journalists’ Award in the television category. In 2008, she obtained a PhD in Film Art. In the years 2008-2016, she was a deputy dean of the Department of Directing at the Lodz Film School, where she remains a lecturer to this day. In 2013, she was honoured with the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta in recognition of her “accomplishments in studying, documenting, and immortalizing the events of March ’68”.