An unknown story of a Haitian vodou priest, Amon, who visited the People’s Republic of Poland in 1980 with a group of Haitians invited by the theatre of Jerzy Grotowski. Here, his Polish roots were reborn. His ancestors, Polish legionaries, took part in liberating Haiti from slavery 200 years ago. Amon feels that he should pay his debt and do something for his second fatherland so he decides to stay in Poland. All is leading to martial law and Amon tries to change the course of history. He sees that general Jaruzelski is possessed by Baron Samedi – a bad daemon that causes stiffness, eye congestion and the necessity to wear sunglasses. In December 1981 Amon conducts a vodou ceremony to take the spell off the general, free his soul and stop the Soviet tanks… A surprising view on socialism through the eyes of a stranger form a different culture.
Gori is a small provincial town in Georgia, like the many others in the former Soviet Union. It has nothing to offer but a high rate of unemployment. But there is something which distinguishes this city from the others: it is the birthplace of the world famous Soviet leader - Joseph Stalin. For many Europeans it would be shameful to have such a compatriot. However, in Gori, especially among women he is considered a saint. The film will be about three women: Anna, Tatiana and Natalia who work in the Joseph Stalin Museum. The dictator is portrayed there not only as a leader and victor, but mostly as a loving husband and caring father. Our protagonists are from three different generations. They have various histories - Anna is a widow, Tatiana is divorced and Natalia is single. Despite all these differences, they all have one thing in common, their deep fascination with Stalin. They see him as a gentleman who knows how to treat a woman or as a simple Georgian man who made a marvellous world career. We will follow the protagonists at home and also at work in the museum where almost all employees are ladies who adore the great Soviet dictator. The people of Gori refer to them as the priestesses of “the greatest son of Georgia” and to the museum as Stalinsland.It should be a warm and melancholic story of loneliness and about the desire to have an ideal. For the Georgian women from Gori, their fascination with Stalin is part of a healing process for their failed relationships and a reminder of times when life for women in Georgia was easier. However, the controversy of this fascination is that this ideal of love and compassion is attributed to one of the most brutal dictators of the 20th century.
The Domino Effect
Rafael – the minister of sports of an unrecognized country, and Natasha – a Russian opera singer, try living together in Abkhazia – a war-torn futureless country. Observing their difficult relations, we see life in a place marked by war and nationalism. The film portrays trapped people dreaming of peace, normality and happiness.