Krawczyk Marcin Janos
Two people on a date in a restaurant - a quite regular occasion, but for them - a very special moment.
"Silence" was meant to be a set of études made by students of Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing. Six of the shorts were chosen and put together in a set.
Due to different life situations there are mothers who do not want or those who cannot bring up their children. They have the right to give the child away just after delivery. During the first six weeks of the newborn's life the mother has to make the decision about the definit resignation of her parental rights. She is free in making her decision however the decision she makes cannot be changed afterwards. A biological mother loses any contact with her child. She can only write a final letter to the child. The film shows in a poetical way the first six weeks of the small human being who was given away.
The film is a journey into human hearts. A copy of the picture of Black Madonna of Częstochowa has been traveling accross Poland for the last 55 years visiting cities and small villages. The Holy Picture of Black Madonna is left with families willing to host it for 24 hours. This visit marks a remarkable time in protagonists life. Yet the loving, spiritual mother, that is full of grace, forgiveness and love is visiting their house. The Black Madonna becomes a symbolic figure of a Polish Mother. Protagonists’ stories are revealed one by one in the context of faith or lack of it but above all, the key motifs of the film convey the meaning of mother in one’s life.