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Announcements / 21–25 September

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We would like to invite you to take part in the free film festival ‘Brave Cinema’ that takes place as part of the Intercultural Education Fair co-organised by the University of Wrocław. Participants can expect a wide variety of film shows, lectures, discourse with guests, and panel discussions. The events will be taking place every day between 21st and 25th September 2020 at 7.30 pm at the Lower Silesian Film Centre (Dolnośląskie Centrum Filmowe).

Participation is free of charge but registration is necessary. You can register by filling the form here.

All the participants are required to comply with the safety regulations, including wearing masks. To see details, click here.

Brave Cinema is an event that was organized for the first time in 2006 as part of the “Brave Festival – Against Expulsions from Culture” – the only Polish review of these cultures, traditions and rites from around the world, which despite its unique character and high artistic value remains little or even completely unknown to the general public. Brave Cinema- a unique presentation of cultural and anthropological feature and documentary films – presents carefully selected films from around the world, created in various languages and techniques, bringing viewers closer to more or less distant cultures, unknown stories and interesting phenomena. This year’s Brave Cinema program will feature full-length films portraying such current topics as children’s rights, migrations, including the situation of national and ethnic minorities in Poland, the status of refugees in Europe, and how human activity shapes our planet. The screenings will be complemented by talks and meetings with experts and filmmakers, which will expand the multi-layered and broad subject matter of the review.

Brave Cinema 2020 is an accompanying event of the 6th edition of the Intercultural Education Fair.
DATE: September 21-25, 2020
VENUE: Dolnośląskie Centrum Filmowe, 64a Piłsudskiego Street


21.09.2020, 7.30 pm
“Antropocen”, dir. Jennifer Baichwal / Edward Burtynsky / Nicholas de Pencier
Distribution: Against Gravity
Time: 87’
Language of the introduction: Polish
Language of the film: different
Subtitles: Polish and English
Introduction to the film: Aneta Osuch and Arkadiusz Wierzba (Foundation for Ecological Development) and Adam Kruk
About the film: From concrete seawalls in China that now cover 60% of the mainland coast, to the biggest terrestrial machines ever built in Germany, to psychedelic potash mines in Russia’s Ural Mountains, to metal festivals in the closed city of Norilsk, to the devastated Great Barrier Reef in Australia and surreal lithium evaporation ponds in the Atacama desert, the filmmakers have traversed the globe using high end production values and state of the art camera techniques to document evidence and experience of human planetary domination.
The film follows the research of an international body of scientists, the Anthropocene Working Group who, after nearly 10 years of research, are arguing that the Holocene Epoch gave way to the Anthropocene Epoch in the mid-twentieth century, because of profound and lasting human changes to the Earth.
Admission with a mask

22.09.2020, 7.30 pm
“Królowa ciszy” / The queen of silence,  dir. Agnieszka Zwiefka 

Distribution: Chilli Productions / HBO Polska
Time: 80’
Language of the film: Polish and Romani
Subtitles: Polish and English
Language of the meeting after film: Polish
About the film: 10-year old, deaf and mute Denisa lives with her family on an illegal gypsy encampment in the outskirts of Wrocław. Just like other inhabitants of this settlement, she experiences poverty, exclusion and dislike of the society. One day, Denisa finds some Bollywood films in the rubbish. Fascinated by the protagonists of these dance films, she practises all day long and tries to imitate the choreographies she saw. Denisa has never learnt how to speak, so therefore her only language of communication is dance.
After the film, a conversation with the director of the film – Agnieszka Zwiefka
Host of the meeting: Adam Kruk
Admission with a mask

23.09.2020, 7.30 pm
“Smak pho” / The taste of Pho, dir. Mariko Bobrik

Distribution: Pięć Smaków
Time: 84’
Language of the film: Polish
Subtitles: Polish and English
Language of the meeting: Polish
About the film: 10-year-old Maja hides from her classmates the lunch of traditional meals prepared for her every morning by her father, a Vietnamese chef and master of pho soup, who is trying to find his own path in the reality of Warsaw. When his long-term boss decides to return to his homeland, he has to face the requirements of the new restaurant owner. However, mastering new cooking skills is a minor challenge, compared to raising his daughter as a single parent: the growing-up girl is incredibly perceptive.
Meeting with the main actor – Thang Long Do
Host of the meeting: Adam Kruk
Admission with a mask

24.09.2020, 7.30 pm
“Eldorado”, dir. Markus Imhoff
Distribution: Against Gravity
Time: 90’
Language of the film: German
Subtitles: Polish and English
Language of the meeting: English
About the film: Throughout history, there have always been refugees. They used to come from places closer to home: In the lean years of WW II and its direct aftermath, the family of Swiss director Markus Imhoof, a small boy of four years at the time, took in Giovanna, an undernourished eight-year-old Italian girl as part of a limited-term program for children. After the end of her stay, she had to go back to Italy. The Imhoof family privately arranged for Giovanna to come back to visit for a second time. In the end, the Swiss government insisted on sending Giovanna back to Italy. She died of illness at the age of thirteen, soon after being forced to return. Imhoof takes this early experience of personal loss as a point of entry to the ongoing refugee crisis, the biggest mass displacement of people since WW II. With extraordinary access, Imhoof takes us on a journey with deep personal roots through the Italian warships of Operation Mare Nostrum, refugee camps in Southern Italy, asylum hearings with Swiss authorities, all designed to turn back refugees at all levels. What emerges is a stark picture of an absurd and inhuman process that fails to address a human tragedy: a crisis caused by economic imbalances turning the rich countries of the North into the Eldorado that so many of the less fortunate try to reach at all cost. The “Promised Land” is based on a broken promise.
Meeting with guests: Patrycja Matusz, Vice-Rector of the University of Wrocław, and Jacek Olejnik, psychologist and former diplomat at the Polish Embassy in Israel, expert of the Tikkunology Foundation
Moderator: Adam Kruk
Admission with a mask

25.09.2020, 7.30 pm
“Jutro czeka nas długi dzień” / Long Day Tomorrow, dir Paweł Wysoczański

Distribution: Black and White Productions / Fundacja dla Somalii
Time: 80’
Language of the film: Hindi
Subtitles: Polish and English
Language of the meeting after the film: Polish
About the film: In Jeevodaya, there is an educational and therapeutic centre for lepers and their families. Helena Pyz came here from Poland thirty years ago to help sick and hungry children. Over the years, she has begun to feel her weakness more and more acutely but the strength of her character does not allow her to surrender to her own illness. A long-lasting documentary observation helps to understand what was the unique role of the missionary and the doctor. Surrounded by reckless people, doctor Helena seems to be the only person who can see the significance of the centre and its selfless nature.
Post-film meeting with the director – Paweł Wysoczański
Host of the meeting: Adam Kruk
Admission with a mask

Published by: Aleksandra Draus

15 Sep 2020

last modification: 17 Sep 2020