DOC LAB START:
director: Aleksander Zalewski, producer: Anna Kubik-Sobala; Aksamit sp. Z o.o.
Aida is a Syrian‐Polish teenager. Her parents are on the verge of divorce. Aida convinces her parents to go on an aid trip to help refugees in Greece. Will Aida’s plan to reunite her family succeed?
director and producer: Aneta Nowicka
In‐depth portrait of discriminated women working physically in the coal mines and their daughters; which turns into story of female and male roles and change in life of undermined women.
director: Joanna Janikowska, producer: Anna Gawlita, Karolina Błażejczak; KIJORA Film
A group of young Italians believe that communism could fix the world. The Party collapses in front of them and instead of running away they try to maintain the old structures. Why?
FACES OF AGATA
director: Małgorzata Kozera, producer: Małgorzata Kozera; DocIT
How does it feel if you can’t recognize a face in a mirror? ‚Faces of Agata’is an outstanding portrait of artist who discovered her passion while fighting the disease. A film about struggle, survival and art.
director: Marcin Koszałka, producer: Marta Szarzyńska; Szarobiuro
Aneta Żukowska: ‘I have cancer. It’s terminal. I’m nothing but flesh. Cancer, pleasure and death but on my terms’. Marcin Koszałka: ‘I’m envious and impressed with Aneta’s attitude towards her death’.
JEWS BY CHOICE
director: Tomer Slutzky, Justyna Gawełko, producer: Justyna Gawełko, Shlomo Slutzky; Slutzky Productions
A Group of Czech people take a life mission upon themselves: to revive the Jewish life in a region. Born without Jewish roots, they have to convert to Judaism and prove they aren’t just ‘fake Jews’.
LESSON IN DEMOCRACY
director: Michał Helwak, producer: Marcin Wierzchołowski; Metro Films sp. Z o.o.
In a town with first‐ever Muslim majority in the US the once‐dominant Polish Catholics and their Muslim neighbors struggle to arrange a community despite the constant presence of conflict and tension.
director: Bartosz Paduch, producer: Maciek Ostatek, Kacper Jaroszyński; The ‘W To Mi Graj’ Foundation for the promotion of culture
In 1998 a few friends recorded Scandal, a cult album. Years later, the band split up. What divided them? How have they changed over 20 years? What is left of the ideological testament of Scandal?
WALK WITH ANGELS
director i producer: Tomek Wysokiński; Ayahuasca Project
A hero of the fight against apartheid not afraid of violence is looking for a baby abducted in the slums. The search leads him to the darkest places of Johannesburg and the painful spaces of his soul.
THIRD TIME LUCKY
director: Rafał Łysak, producer: Natalia Bednarska; Wonder Woman Production
The death of the mother caused that conflicted siblings could be closer but also disturbs the specific arrangement between them. Until now Beata took care of the other two, now she decides to start living his life.
THE LAST EXPEDITION
director: Eliza Kubarska, producer: Monika Braid; Braidmade Films
A story of Wanda Rutkiewicz, one of the most prominent alpinist in the world, a woman who dared to realize her dreams in spite of the times she lived in and who paid the ultimate prize for it.
THEY CALLED HIM ‘BIRDY’
director: Aneta Ptak, producer: Małgorzata Staroń; STARON-FILM
Aneta remembers her father as hidden behind the camera. One day, she learns about his sudden death. This is a story about a father, a filmmaker and about how his daughter gets to know him backwards.
director: Bartłomiej Żmuda, producer: Marta Pielasz, Paweł Jóźwiak Rodan; Projekcja Identyfikacja
The most famous Polish atheist, when facing a serious illness, decides to check on himself whether miraculous healings exist.
TONY HALIK. BORN FOR ADVENTURE
director: Marcin Borchardt, producer: Karolina Galuba; Furia Film
Explorer, NBC reporter, first journalist to interview Fidel Castro. Living in communist Poland, where people are not allowed to have passports. Meet Tony Halik – the legend and liar.
DOC LAB GO:
AN ORDINARY COUNTRY
director: Tomasz Wolski, producer: Anna Gawita; Kijora Film
‘An Ordinary Country’ is a found footage creative documentary based on film and video tapes recorded by officers of the Polish communist security services in the 1960s through the 1980s.
director: Ewa Kochańska, produkcja: Magda Borowiec, Tatiana Matysiak; SQUARE film studio
Bittersweet story about the relationship of mother and daughter. Marina decides to sacrifice everything to allow her daughter to make career in figure skating. Where do the limits of sacrifice reach?
director: Clara Kleininger, producer: Magda Borowiec, Tatiana Matysiak; SQUARE film studio
Animal trainers Adi and Mioara lose their jobs as city authorities impose a ban on animal shows at the State Circus in Bucharest. They must fight to survive in the middle of the big changes coming up.
LESSONS OF LOVE
director: Małgorzata Goliszewska, Kasia Mateja, producer: Anna Stylińska; Widok Foundation
‘Dear Husband, I sacrificed my life for you. I raised six children, and all you could do was to beat me. Now this little part of life ahead belongs to me. I will dance, sing and you leave me alone!‘
director: Monika Krupa, producer: Dorota Mandziara; Trzyfilm Paweł Kwiatkowski
3000 tons of stones. 30 years of scientific research. Famous egyptologist is one step away from finding the pharaoh Herihor’s tomb in Egypt. Will he manage to make a major scientific breakthrough?
director Paweł Ferdek, producer: Małgorzata Kozioł; East Beast
An adventurous journey to the real roots of Hollywood. A Polish filmmaker, Pawel Ferdek follows the steps of the Moguls, finds their houses in Poland, explores the climate they originated from.
SHADOWS OF THE EMPIRE
director: Karol Starnawski, producer: Dariusz Sidor; Kadr Filmstudio
Story about how to become a soldier, how to be a soldier, and how to stop being a soldier in a shadow of imperial wars and a great imperial politics.
THE GOOD CHANGE
director: Konrad Szołajski, producer: Małgorzata Prociak; ZK Studio
Poland undergoes a populist revolution. Marta represents the ‘new Poland’ – far right, ready to leave the EU. Tita is liberal and happy to live in the EU. Can they compromise or will they fight?