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April 8—15, 2024

Warsaw

Working Women: A Set of Short Docs


Teachers, workers, farmers. Documentary portraits of women who, in their daily work, confronted the demands of communist reality, faced the injustices of the patriarchal system, and endured condescending treatment. Not to mention their additional responsibilities of managing daily household chores. A woman’s life in the People’s Republic of Poland resembled working 24 hours a day (and truthfully, not much has changed in this regard to this day). Therefore, it’s no surprise that mainly women – with few exceptions – were able to depict this labor with all its pains, problems, but also joys and hopes for change.

Jakub Demiańczuk

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DATE

April 8, 2024

TIME

4:00 PM

VENUE

Kino Iluzjon Mała Czarna

COPY / OTHERS

DATE

April 10, 2024

TIME

8:30 PM

VENUE

Kino Iluzjon Mała Czarna

COPY / OTHERS

ENGLISH TITLE

Working Women: A Set of Short Docs

SECTION

DURATION

82 min

SALES

WFDiF, WFO

DECADE

EDITION

TRIGGER WARNING

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Our Friends from Łódź

ENGLISH TITLE

Our Friends from Łódź

ORIGINAL TITLE

Nasze znajome z Łodzi

LANGUAGE

Polish

SUBTITLES

English

DIRECTOR

Krystyna Gryczełowska

DURATION

16 min

YEAR

1971

COUNTRY

Poland

An insightful portrayal of the work, dilemmas, and dreams of three women in textile factories. One of Krystyna Gryczełowska’s most significant films, she being a co-founder of the Polish School of Documentary.

Jakub Demiańczuk


Wanda Gościmińska. A Weaver

ENGLISH TITLE

Wanda Gościmińska. A Weaver

ORIGINAL TITLE

Wanda Gościmińska: Włókniarka

LANGUAGE

Polish

SUBTITLES

English

DIRECTOR

Wojciech Wiszniewski

DURATION

20 min

YEAR

1975

COUNTRY

Poland

A staged documentary featuring a female shock worker discussing her life, experiences, and worldview. Displaying formal mastery, Wiszniewski faced accusations of manipulation after its premiere.

Jakub Demiańczuk


Day After Day

ENGLISH TITLE

Day After Day

ORIGINAL TITLE

Dzień za dniem

LANGUAGE

Polish

SUBTITLES

English

DIRECTOR

Irena Kamieńska

DURATION

16 min

YEAR

1988

COUNTRY

Poland

Recognized at festivals in Oberhausen, Krakow, and Paris, this documentary features sisters employed in a Katowice enterprise, offering a bitter reflection on their professional experiences. A somber record of the end of an era.

Jakub Demiańczuk


A Visit

ENGLISH TITLE

A Visit

ORIGINAL TITLE

Wizyta

LANGUAGE

Polish

SUBTITLES

English

DIRECTOR

Marcel Łoziński

DURATION

15 min

YEAR

1974

COUNTRY

Poland

A perverse and provocative portrait of a single woman managing a farm while also being a culture enthusiast. Described as a film “about ourselves, filmmakers, journalists. About how easy it is to intrude into a person’s soul, gut them, mark them for life, and then leave them,” by Tadeusz Sobolewski[1].


[1] Tadeusz Sobolewski – Polish philologist, film critic, columnist, from 1990 to 1994 editor-in-chief of the monthly magazine “Kino”, since 1995 columnist of the daily newspaper “Gazeta Wyborcza”.

Jakub Demiańczuk


Do You Know Waleria M.?

ENGLISH TITLE

Do You Know Waleria M.?

ORIGINAL TITLE

Czy znacie Walerię M?

LANGUAGE

Polish

SUBTITLES

English

DIRECTOR

Maria Kwiatkowska

DURATION

14 min

YEAR

1977

COUNTRY

Poland

A portrait of Waleria Mirecka, a retired village teacher, offering an affirmative and hopeful glimpse into Polish provincial life in the late 1970s.

Jakub Demiańczuk