Włodzimierz Kowańko (1907-1968) from early youth revealed the broad artistic skills and technical skills. He wrote and drew the caricatures, which were presented in storefronts. As a student of high school in 1927, he constructed a camera that displays films made by hand on paper tape. Interwar years he spent traveling between Silesia, Kraków and Warsaw, on the search for a producer which would finance his ideas for cartoons and the place where she could be the first Polish animation studio. Unfortunately, the Polish film industry of this period much more prized American cartoon-Walt Disney or the Max Fleischer-than native animators. Kowańko, to earn their own keep focused so the commercials and copyright projects often had to stop.
With the outbreak of World War II Kowańko escaped from bombed Warsaw heading East. There he was arrested by the NKVD. Then he was transported together with other prisoners on the platforms of railway and road transport after the forest road in the direction of the circumference of the Arkhangelsk Oblast. There he joined the few Gulag forced labor camps where he worked on the construction of the railway. During several years of captivity creator he sketched on small tissue paper from twisting cigarettes the scenes showing the exile of prisoners. He managed to smuggle them sewn up carefully in a typical soviet jacket, across the border.
In 1941, under the "amnesty" Kowańko was released and entered the ranks of the Anders' Army, where he was assigned to a branch of culture and the press with the Department of propaganda and education of Polish armed forces. There he exercised m.in. garrison wall mats and stage design and puppets to the satirical political Nativity scenes directed by Tadeusz Wittlin. The greatest fame brought him however, editing humor magazines for soldiers "Ł+azik", in which he spoke of caricatured as hostile dictators, he commented on the current political situation or joked with garrison life. Impressive also seems to be the fact that in 1945, was still traveling with the Anders' Army he had made a short propaganda animated films.
After the war, Kowańko did not return Poland, but like many polish soldiers went to immigrate. In 1947, she sailed with his wife, Rosa, from the port of Genoa and headed to Buenos Aires, and next he moved to Rio De Janeiro where he lived until his death.
"Kowańko" is an animated story about one of the most mysterious Polish animators. The filmmakers based on fragmentary information and drawings of Włodzimierz Kowańko attempt to recreate his stay in Soviet camps, along with an army of Anders and fight on the front in Italy. It is a story about the man which isn't stopping creating in spite of living in inhuman conditions.