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Sun Jan 22, 4:30 PM
Director: Lidia Duda
2022
Poland
80 minutes
All Ages

“Perpetually sends arrows to your hearts” (The Guardian)

Zosia, Oskar, and Kinga are seven-year-olds who are moving away from their parents for the first time to attend boarding school for the blind and vision-impaired. Lidia Duda’s strategy is simply to keep the camera on the children, nothing more and nothing less—they don’t need to be explained or patronised. As she says, “I believe in small, tiny worlds, because only by changing them, people can change the macro-world.” The result is quite extraordinary. Zosia is relentlessly talkative, Oskar works out his insecurities on the piano, and Kinga is a solid, supportive presence. There is true beauty in this film.

“profoundly touching … a breathtaking and deeply affecting documentary. The formative phase in children’s lives is rarely observed with such closeness and grace.” (The Guardian)

“a truly extraordinary and well-constructed documentary… There is beauty in simplicity, and Duda accomplishes so much in a relatively short span of time, asserting her vision while finding the space to provide one of the most tender and insightful works of representation in recent years, handcrafting a soft-hearted, deeply meaningful view on disability, and offering a marginalized group a platform to have their voices heard.” (International Cinephile Society)

This screening is part of the Adelaide Film Festival Curate Your Own Festival program. 
Unique in Australia, Curate Your Own Festival builds screen culture in regional towns by developing local curatorial skills. Every Festival, AFF invites four emerging regional curators to spend four days at the Festival to select films to take back to their town.
Find out more here.

Film Type Documentary
Program Strand Documentary Competition
Age Recommendation All Ages
Language Polish
Subtitles English
Director Lidia Duda
Producer Anna Blawut-Mazurkiewicz
Cinematographer Zuzanna Zachara-Hassairi
Editor Jakub Sladkowski, Lidia Duda