May 25, 2011 from the interview on MSNBCs DYLAN RATIGAN show

Lots of great links below detailing Janina and Brian’s return on Aug 8, 2011:

Julia Preston of the New York Times:
Click HERE for New York Times article

Ruth Leitmans Huffington Post Op-Ed:
Click HERE for Ruth\’s Huffington Post Op-Ed

AP Wire piece about the Wasilewskis return:
Click HERE for AP Wire story about The Wasilewskis

Rep Luis Gutierrez Site:
Click HERE for link to Rep Gutierrez site

Americas Voice by Mariano Cardoso:
Click HERE for Mariano Cardoso\’s article

NBC -TV Chicago piece from 8/8/2011:
Click HERE for NBC-TV story

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant & Refugee Rights:
Click HERE for ICIRR piece

June 21, 2011
Baltimore Sun article previews the screening at Creative Alliance at The Patterson on Thur June 23rd at 7pm
Click HERE to read the Baltimore Sun article

May 25, 2011
Director Ruth Leitman and Tony Wasilewski on MSNBCs DYLAN RATIGAN SHOW
Click HERE to see Ruth and Tony on the DYLAN RATIGAN show

May 23, 2011
Click HERE to hear Ruth’s interview with Frank Jenks on his very cool LISTEN IN site

May 20, 2011
Click HERE and select May 20, 2011 PODCAST for Ruth’s interview on WDET Detroit’s CRAIG FAHLE SHOW

May 17, 2011
Click HERE for Peoplesworld interview with Ruth May 17 2011 by John Rummel

May 16, 2011
Click  HERE for Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy article about the Michigan tour

May 15, 2011
Die Rote Fahne EU review of the film and the Michigan Tour May 2011 – Click HERE

May 14, 2011
Click HERE for article about the Bay City MI screening that kicked off the statewide tour of Michigan

April 2011
Ruth was featured on Immigrants Day on CT Public Radio WNPR’s “Where We Live”
Click HERE to hear Director Ruth Leitman on WNPRs WHERE WE LIVE

April 20, 2011
Click here for interview with Ruth in DIY FILM CHICAGO

March 31, 2011
Elizabeth Coffman’s blog piece following the Loyola screening

March 1, 2011
STREAM Ruths interview with BOB EDWARDS

Feb 28, 2011
Colorlines picks TONY & JANINA as one of six OSCAR-worthy docs!

Feb 14, 2011 review of the film

Feb 10, 2011
Tony & Janina at WAKE FOREST on Thurs 2/10/2011
Join Director Ruth Leitman as she presents the film at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem NC

Jan 20, 2011
Nice overview of the DePaul screening – thanks Sahiry!
Latinos Progresando / UMIN link to Depaul screening with SAIL

Jan 8, 2011 overview of the film
A quick overview of T&JAW on

Nov 9, 2010
Ruth and Tony on CHICAGO TONIGHT before WTTW broadcast
Tune in to Chicago’s public television station Channel 11 for our broadcast premiere
Ruth and Tony will also appear on “Chicago Tonight” immediately before the broadcast (at 7pm)

Oct 28, 2010

OAK LEAVES article / Oak Park IL
Ruth talks to local Oak Park weekly about the film and our screening at the LAKE THEATER!
By JT Morand, Oak Leaves Reporter

Oct 22, 2010
WORLDVIEW audio stream and web story
Tony and Ruth talk about the film with WBEZ’s Jerome McDonald on noted radio show World View

Oct 22, 2010
Phoenix AZ daily writes about Tony & Janina’s American Wedding at No Festival Required screening on Friday Oct 22nd at Metro Arts Theater!
By Randy Cordova

Oct 19, 2010
New Times Phoenix AZ
Phoenix AZ weekly writes about the film in advance of the No Festival Required screening on Friday Oct 22nd at Metro Arts Theater!
By Colin Lecher, New Times reporter

October 9, 2010
Till deportation do us part
Film fest offering highlights couple’s heartbreak, American style

By Antonio Olivo, Tribune reporter

October 9, 2010
A real-life story of a family torn apart

By Sue Ontiveros Sun-Times Columnist

October 6, 2010
Recommended Chicago International Film Festival
Chicago Reader

Tony & Janina’s American Wedding Tony and Janina Wasilewski were model immigrants: hardworking, law-abiding, and beaming with freshly minted patriotism for the U.S. Then Janina, who came to Illinois claiming refugee status during Poland’s communist regime, was abruptly deported in 2007, taking the couple’s six-year-old son back home with her. Coproduced by Chicago’s venerable Kartemquin Films, this moving documentary uses the Wasilewskis’ plight as a window onto our absurdly byzantine and arbitrary immigration controls, which tear apart hundreds of thousands of comparably blameless families every year. Director Ruth Leitman deftly balances heartbreaking drama and muckraking journalism. In English and subtitled Polish. 81 min. —Cliff Doerksen Sun 10/10, 7:15 PM, and Sun 10/17, 2:15 PM. Leitman and Tony Wasilewski are scheduled to attend the screenings.

October 6.2010
Timeout Chicago

* 7:15pm Tony & Janina’s American Wedding Dir. Ruth Leitman. 2010. 81mins. USA/Poland. In 2007, Schiller Park resident Tony Wasilewski’s wife, Janina, was deported to Poland and barred from returning for ten years; their struggles to win her reentry are chronicled in this local advocacy doc, which wrenchingly highlights the injustices of current immigration bureaucracy and its impact on families. —BK read more>

September, 16, 2010
Leitman is featured this week in the Fall Arts Guide of the Chicago Reader as ONE TO WATCH/ BEST BET: Movies. read more>

September 12, 2010
Tony & Janina’s story featured in The Center for Community Change- We are America Stories

Tony Wasilewski is an immigrant from Poland, a long-time resident of the Chicago area, and a proud citizen of the United States. In 2007 his wife Janina was deported to Poland; their son Brian, also a citizen, went with her and the family has only been able to reunite for brief periods in Poland since then.

Watch Tony’s story below and visit for more info about the upcoming feature film “Tony and Janina’s American Wedding”. watch video>

September 10, 2010
Chicago Fest Unveils Doc Lineup

August 8, 2010
Informacje USA
VIDEO: Historia Tony’ego Wasilewskiego na ekranach kin

Na dwa tygodnie Chicago zamienia się w amerykańską stolicę sztuki filmowej. W czwartek wieczorem w śródmieściu Wietrznego Miasta zainaugurowany zostanie 46. Międzynarodowy Festiwal Filmowy w Chicago. To jedna z największych tego typu imprez w Stanach Zjednoczonych. Podczas 2 tygodni trwania festiwalu pokazanych zostanie w sumie ponad 120 filmów. Wśród nich będzie dokument, na którego premierę czeka wielu imigrantów.