Films about Poland at the Document 8 Festival

"Peking 2008", dir. Dagmara Drzazga

Friday 29 October, 2.30pm – 4.00pm
Centre for Contemporary Arts
350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3JD
Tickets: single screening £4 (unwaged £2),
one day pass £10 (unwaged £5),
5 day pass £35 (unwaged £15),
free for assylumn seekers and refugees
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Document 8 - International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Glasgow, 26th - 31st October 2010.


Left Behind
Fabian Daub & Andreas Gräfenstein, Germany, 2009, 00.13.00
In Waldenburg, situated in the Lower Silesian Coalfield, all mines are closed down. Lukasz and his elder friend Jacek have been digging coal at their own risk for several years now. Like hundreds of other former miners, they are illegally digging for the black gold on the outskirts of their city. The local police are constantly after them. The miners have also been trapped in the tunnels several times. But they keep going.
Peking 2008
Dagmara Drzazga, Poland, 2009, 00.39.00
Just turn off one of the major streets in Katowice to find yourself in another world: in the “district of wonders” called “Peking”. Old, rotten industrial blocks accommodate people sinking in addictions and despair. Most of them are out of jobs and live on small benefits received from the social care centre.  They call themselves the “condemned ones”, sent here for their overdue rent debts. Poverty is shared here by the Silesians and the Gypsies.
Last spring Peking was all abuzz; a film crew appeared to shoot some scenes for the feature film “Sleepiness” directed by Magdalena Piekorz, a young Polish filmmaker. First from the windows, then from their doors, the anxious inhabitants watch the crew set up and start to film their doubles…

Panel discussion: Media Representation of Poverty
Ewan Angus, Commissioning Editor, Television, BBC Scotland, Stephen Naysmith, Editor, The Society (The Herald), Dagmara Drzazga, Director, Peking 2008. Chair: Theresa Hanley, Joseph Rowntree Foundation


The screenings are supported by the Polish Cultural Institute in London.

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