Tomek is now eighteen years old. Exactly twelve years ago, when he was six, we started shooting our film. What happened during this time?
Tell Me Why
Jurek lives in Tel Aviv, Stella — in Boston. They met in 1936 in Otwock and fell in love from the first sight. They were divided by the war — Jurek went to Auschwitz, Stella was sent to work in Germany. The last letter from Stella came in 1945. After the war he had spent a long time looking for her until he found out that she had got married. Then he met Nora. They lived together for 57 years. Now, after all those years, he suggested to Stella they should meet again in Otwock.
A Man Came and Took Her
When eight-year-old Ola goes missing, her rural community grows abuzz with gossip and rumour. Her grief-stricken mother remains convinced that her daughter is alive, placing more faith in fortune tellers than the police investigation.
The Other Side of the Poster
This film is about one of the most important graphic movements of the XXth Century: the Polish Poster School. It became a phenomena world-wide in the 1960-70’s. Polish posters expressed the freedom of their creators in the communist times. The posters, present in everyday life and linked to the cultural and historical events, also tell the story of post-war Poland, of censorship in the communist times. Now that Poland has integrated into the European Union, dominated by mass entertainment and the market laws, is there still a place for the heritage of the post-communist countries in the contemporary culture?
American in Poland
A few months ago, working on another project, we found in the archives of the Polish secret police the file concerning the now completely forgotten visit of Robert Kennedy in Poland in the remote sixties. Robert Kennedy, Attorney General in the US Government, went on a private visit to Warsaw in the end of June and the beginning of July, 1964...
Komeda - Soundtrack for a Life
Krzysztof Komeda – jazz pianist and film composer. With compositions like the lullaby for “Rosemary´s Baby” by RomanPolanski, Komeda succeeded in writing his own chapter in the history of soundtracks. As a jazz pianist he gained cult-status inPoland. As a film composer he made it into Hollywood’s first ranks. But there his career came to a sudden end.Claudia Buthenhoff-Duffy’s film essay follows the dramatic life story of the musician and film composer Komeda by the means of the melodic sounds of Komeda’s music.
Almost all metal scrap was sold from Kyrgyzstan to China. This film shows the global phenomenon in micro scale: by hard work of Russian truck driver, slow rhythm of one Kyrgyz family, and few events from long journey across Tien Shan Mountains.
The Girl from the Reading Primer
Marek Edelman was a widely recognized leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. But how many people have heard of his wife, Ala? Ala’s life was extraordinary from the very beginning. Before the war, as a little girl, she became a major character in the most popular reading primer in Poland. She was a ghetto survivor, afterwards she devoted all her attention to children of the world – in Asia, in Africa and in Europe. She helped to save lives and heal hundreds of kids. The film, enriched with some animated footage, tells the fascinating story of Ala from the Polish reading primer.
A full-length documentary about a Polish military mission to Afghanistan. The film is split into three chapters. The first one involves preparations for the mission, with the soldiers training and building their team. Then we see the soldiers in Afghanistan, in everyday military service, working for the locals and dealing with the separation from their families. Finally, we see the homecoming and also the way the soldiers have to adapt to ordinary life again. The four protagonists dreamed about being soldiers when they were kids. Two years ago, they decided to go Afghanistan, not because of cash but because it was a matter of military duty, loyalty and honour. The film shows the price soldiers and their families have to pay. Can they have a normal life again?
Papua New Guinea, Sandaun province. Interior covered with impenetrable forest. A film about the secret murder of wives of the chieftain leads us directly to a conflict of two tribes. Imbiniss people are clearing their virgin jungle and they work with a Chinese corporation to start an oil palm plantation here. They want to have shoes, money, the road and normal houses as people of the modern world. Neighbouring Ossima maintains the traditional lifestyle like thousands of years before. A dispute about the border piece of the jungle is breaking out, and in the background – a dispute over values. Let us see from close up how another fragment disappears from the tropical forest, let us get to know the hopes and conflicts of people who are behind this decision.