Polish Documentaries at Dokument 7 Festival
21-25 October 2009
at The Centre for Contemporary Arts
350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow
Box Office: 0141 352 4900
Thursday 22 October 2009 at 5.30 pm
A Bar at Victoria Station
dir. Dawid Leszek
2003 56 mins
Piotr and Marek are two young Poles without work or qualifications who are convinced that leaving for England is the only way they can get rich. They are modest: opening a small bar at Victoria bus station will do for a start. Plans for a classy restaurant in London and a factory producing pharmaceutical packaging in Poland can wait until their first business is a success.
However, after arriving in London, it becomes clear that they have been conned by a labour agent and opportunities for decent work without English are as rare as friends willing to take them in. This zippy film, shot in a direct cinema style, documents the phenomenon of East European labour migration and its pitfalls.
Friday 23 October 2009 at 6.30 pm
China?s Wild West
dir. Urszula Pontikos
2008 10 mins
Recently there have been massive, unprecedented rises across world markets in the value of Jade. It is now 40 times more valuable than gold.
This part observational, part impressionistic study of a day in the life of a Muslim Uighur community, illustrates their hopeful efforts to discover Jade in the harsh conditions of a dried-up river bed near a remote town on the old Silk Road in Western China.
Thursday 22 October 2009 at 3.15 pm
Dir. Marcin Grabowicz
2009 67 Mins
On his return from Africa, Dr Stanislaw Szczepaniak founded The Centre for Alternative Medicine in Kuleszowka near Warsaw, where he sees dozens of patients every day.
It?s a great place for everyone to socialise and for the doctor to follow his dream, "to pull Polish people out of the 16th Century", using his own highly individual methods...
Sunday 25 October 2009 at 6.00 pm
Dir. Andrzej Fidyk
2008 75 Mins
Today, more than 200,000 men, women and children are locked up in North Korea?s concentration camps. Systematic torture, starvation and murder is what faces the inmates. Few survive many years in the camps, but the population is kept stable by a steady influx of new individuals considered to be ?class enemies?.
A few people have managed to flee the camps to a new life in South Korea. Some of them get together and decide to make an extraordinary and controversial musical about their experiences in the Yodok camp.
Despite death threats and many obstacles, the musical becomes a tour de force for this ensemble of refugees, and for them a possibility opens to talk about their experiences and inspire others to protest the existence of the camps.
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