Walking Under Water
dir.. Eliza Kubarska, UK/Poland, 2014
time:. 17:00, Gdyńskie Centrum Filmowe
duration: 76 min
Borneo. Somewhere on the edge of the Sulu and Celebes Seas lives a tribe of ocean nomads: the Badjao. They live like fish, spending most of their life in water. Their children learn to swim before they can walk, and adults have mastered the art of free diving to perfection. They can walk and hunt on the sea bed holding their breath for five minutes and their eyes are adapted to focus underwater. They are happy people in the beautiful underwater world.
This could be our story twenty years ago, but it is not any more. Today, the Badjao are pushed to extinction by modern civilisation. They have become strangers on their own waters with no IDs, no citizenship and no money. We call them illegal immigrants.
10-year-old Sari and his uncle Alexan, the last Badjao compressor diver from Mabul island, set out to sea. Alexan teaches Sari dangerous fishing techniques and he shares with him his wisdom and a lifetime experience as a Badjao.
dir. Marta Minorowicz, Poland/Germany, 2016
time: 23:00, Park Kolibki, Stara Wozowania
duration: 85 min
11-year old Sukhbat lives on the vast Mongolian steppe together with his nomadic family and their livestock. When Sukhbat isn’t helping his parents on their ranch he spends time either playing in the desolate landscapes or attending school in the nearby city. Life is harsh and the increasingly unrelenting winters have killed off huge hoards of the family‘s livestock. Sukhbat‘s father Batsaikhan has no other choice than to look for other ways to survive. Victory in the regional horse races would bring wealth and prestige to the family. He trains Sukhbat to tame and ride a wild horse in a bid to win the race, putting the family‘s hopes and future into the child‘s hands. For Sukhbat, this new responsibility means facing a life dictated by unforgiving traditions and nature. No one remains unscathed after being confronted by the power of the Mongolian steppe.
dir. Lucija Stojevic, Spain/Iceland/USA, 2016
time. 23:59, Park Kolibki, Stara Wozowania
duration: 92 min
The film brings us under the skin and into the mind of La Chana, a talented Gypsy flamenco dancer as she returns to the stage to give a final seated performance after a 30-year break. Along the way, La Chana reveals the secret behind her disappearance when she was at the peak of her career.
A Griot's story
dir. Adam Różański, Poland, 2007
time:. 11:00, Park Kolibki, Stara Wozowania
duration: 55 min
This is a documentary film as well as a musical document about Adama Dramé, an African musician, master of the djembe drum. Adama Dramé, a native of Burkina Faso, is a descendant of the proud Griot caste of musicians, storytellers of history and guardians of African tradition. He is contemporary but also orthodox in his loyalty to Griot tradition. He is an African threatened by economic and cultural colonialism, an African who has resisted the temptation of a European career, even though he has performed there often over the last 25 years.
The film is a narrative about Adama Dramé, in which he talks about himself, his music, and Africa. His distant world comes closer to ours