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WATCH DOCS again in Lublin!

(2017-02-23)









WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in films is one of the most recognised and the biggest film festivals about human rights. In Poland it attracts approximately 70,000 every year.

It's the 15th edition of WATCH DOCS in Lublin. Like every year we want to present the best documentaries raising the issues of human rights. We want to show you the world from different perspectives, analyse global conflicts, ones near us and ones that are happening on the other side of the planet, and meet people: extraordinary ones and those who just live a simple life.

Short and full-length films, meetings, discussions, thought-provoking moments. And later - the action? Who knows! Come and see how diverse the world is.

Official website of the festival: ww.watchdocs.pl

In Lublin festival takes place in the cinema in Centrum Kultury w Lublinie (Peowiaków 12) on the 17th-20th March.

Free admission to all films and events.
 


Friday, 17th March


5.30p.m.
 OPENING

5.40p.m. D.I.Y. COUNTRY 
80 MIN., 2016, FRANCE, DIRECTOR: ANTONY BUTTS

The documentary is an inside look at the creation of the self-proclaimed People's Republic of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine. The British director reveals corruption, nepotism, and electoral fraud on the part of the leaders of so-called Novorossiya
at the same time making us realize that they were helped to power through genuine social protest.
Polish and English subtitles.


7.00p.m. PRZEMYŚL TO! – THINK ABOUT IT! / DEBATE

In cooperation with the Association of Creative Initiatives “ę” we decided to give voice to young Ukrainians living in Przemyśl. As a result of this idea, two film productions were created by Polish and Ukrainian teenagers and children living in Przemyśl. The films will be presented during the meeting. Guests: Piotr Tyma – the president of Ukrainian Association in Poland; Karolina Śmigiel from the Association of Creative Initiatives “ę”; Igor Horkiw – activist of the Ukrainian Association from Przemyśl. The meeting will be chaired by Anna Dąbrowska.
SING LANGUAGE & ENGLISH TRANSLATION POSSIBLE


8.30p.m. THE LONG DISTANCE 
93 MIN., 2016, GERMANY, DIRECTOR: DANIEL ANDREAS SAGER

The story of two Kenyan runners, Eunice and Felix, discovered by a German manager in Africa and brought to Europe. Both of them leave their children and families, are extremely determined to be successful and make lots of money. Their early infatuation with Europe quickly gives way to disillusionment; despite good results, the high cost of living and managerial fees leave their earnings at close to zero. To meet the expectations of families and German hosts, they have to start in ever more competitions. But how much can bodies not used to such extreme demands take?
POLISH AND ENGLISH SUBTITLES

 

S a tu r d a y, 1 8 t h M ar c h



5.00p.m. ICON 
51 MIN., 2016, POLAND, DIRECTOR: WOJECIECH KASPERSKI

The old tsar prison located 180km north of Irkutsk today houses a hospital wherefive doctors care for 1000 patients. In addition to the mentally ill, the hospital holdsdiscarded people, young and old alike, girls from orphanages which had no beds for them, and former residents of youth correctional facilities. To use the director’s words, this “social dump” is not just a metaphor for exclusion, as in so many films about psychiatric institutions, but its painfully literal reality.
POLISH AND ENGLISH SUBTITLES

6.00p.m.  YOU HAVE A PROBLEM 
24 MIN.,2015, THE NETHERLANDS, DIRECTOR: ESRA PIKÉ

Esra Piké focuses on the dilemmas facing social workers in the Dutch city of Groningen. Their clients are people who have failed in life: Bernadette is an alcoholic, while Robert has mental problems and lives in a camper. Speaking with them can be difficult, but it is even more difficult to get them to take the simplest steps that might make their lives a lot easier.
POLISH AND ENGLISH SUBTITLES


6.30p.m.
NEW TECHNOLOGIES. HELP OR LIMITATION? /DEBATE

New technologies help people with disabilities to overcome spatial, communicational or social barriers. Sensors, GPS, monitoring or locating devices – they are just a few examples of technological inventions helping people with disabilities to live independently. Is there any limit of the control through new technologies? Can they become a limitation invading people’s intimacy and violating their freedom?These problems will be discussed during the debate chaired by Piotr Skrzypczak.
SIGN LANGUAGE AND ENGLISH TRANSLATION POSSIBLE.


9.00p.m. KIPIKASZA / CONCERT - ENTRANCE FREE
RESTAURANT ZIELONY TALERZYK, UL. KRÓLEWSKA 3

Kipikasza is a female duo formed in 2013. The band draws inspiration from Polish traditional music. In their music they use instruments from around the world, white voices, electronic devices and d.i.y. instruments. Through the raw sound they want
to achieve a psychedelic atmosphere.



10.30p.m. SŁABI PREZENTERZY / AFTER PARTY
- ENTRANCE FREE 

RESTAURANT ZIELONY TALERZYK, UL. KRÓLEWSKA 3

 DJs collective from Lublin. Fans of music, especially on vinyl records, but also on CDs and old-school cassettes. In their sets they mix different music genres from funk, jazz and soul to electro-punk. Sometimes their sets are based on associations corresponding with the theme of the party.
 

Fot. Wojtek Kornet




Sunday, 19th March


4.00p.m.
 SHORT FILMS BLOCK


STARTING POINT 
26 MIN., 2014, POLAND, DIRECTOR: MICHAŁ SZCZEŚNIAK

Aneta “always had it all” and understood what she lost only when she found herselfin prison convicted of murder. But director Michał Szcześniak introduces Aneta from an unexpected perspective – she is an empathetic caregiver in a home for the elderly. Here, rehabilitation is not an abstract concept, but an authentic human story with a tremendous emotional load.
POLISH LANGUAGE AND AUDIO DESCRIPTION


THREE CONVERSATIONS ON LIFE 

25 MIN., 2016, FRANCE, DIRECTOR: JULIA STANISZEWSKA

Julia Staniszewska decides to record three conversations with her mother concerning one painful and touching issue. It turns out that the same notions: understanding, support and love are understood completely different by the Catholic mother and the agnostic daughter whose children were born thanks to in vitro method.
POLISH LANGUAGE AND ENGLISH SUBTITLES


COUNTING DAYS 

15 MIN., 2015, USA, DIRECTOR: PAUL SZYNOL

According to experts, up to 30 percent of women in East Africa may suffer from infertility. In response, they are met with social contempt and exclusion. Abandoned by their husbands as a rule, they are left to fight for survival on their own. Will Medias also suffer such a fate? Although she is in a happy marriage with William, they remain childless.
POLISH AND ENGLISH SUBTITLES


5.20p.m.
 THE GREAT WALL 
74 MIN., 2015, IRLAND, DIRECTOR: TADHG O’SULLIVAN

The idea of using Franz Kafka's classic work “The Great Wall of China” as the basis for a commentary on the ongoing migrant and refugee crisis was undoubtedly very risky. In Tadhg O'Sullivan's film, however, the effect was surprisingly refreshing, as the director was able to unearth the satirical and subversive potential of Kafka's prose without sacrificing any of its depth. Not even one sentence seems unfitting here.
POLISH AND ENGLISH SUBTITLES


THROUGH THE WALL 

6 MIN., 2016, USA, DIRECTOR: TIM NACKASHI

Through the Wall is the story of a Mexican family of illegal migrants: while Uriel was deported to Mexico, Abril and their two-year-old son remained in the United States. Once in a while, they meet on a beach, at the border, where they are separated by a wall with thick bars that a finger could barely fit through.
POLISH AND ENGLISH SUBTITLES



7.00p.m.
THE ÉRPATAK MODEL 
77 MIN., 2014, THE NETHERLANDS, DIRECTOR: BENNY BRUNNER

Érpatak is a small locality in eastern Hungary, where the mayor, Mihály Zoltán Orosz, is a representative of the ultra-right-wing political party Jobbik. Orosz introduced rule with an iron fist to Érpatak. Order, discipline, and control are the key concepts of a model that is supposed to help create a "holy, organic dictatorship." In Érpatak, social care is a privilege that has to be earned: in order to retain the right to benefits, the unemployed must take part in ostentatious public works.
POLISH AND ENGLISH SUBTITLES


8.20p.m. ARE THE STATE BORTDERS MORAL? / DEBATE


Why do we need borders? Does the place of birth determine our future? Is the citizenship of western democracies a modern equivalent of feudal privileges? During the discussion chaired by Jolanta Prochowicz we will discuss the moral aspects of migration.

Monday, 20th March


6.00p.m. SHORT FILMS BLOCK


RESORT 
25MIN., 2015, CZECH REPUBLIC, DIRECROR: MARTIN HRUBÝ

In the early 1960s, a secret resort for communist notables was created near the Orlik reservoir in the eastern part of what is now the Czech Republic. Responsible for this impressive feat of modern architecture were some of the most prominent Czech architects, who, before taking on the project, were imprisoned. The modernist installation, which was never completed, has become a picturesque ruin after the fall of communism.
POLISH AND ENGLISH SUBTITLES


KWASSA KWASSA 

19MIN., 2015, DENMARK, VIETANM, DIRECTOR: TUAN ANDREW NGUYEN & SUPERFLEX

Mayotte is a French colony on the Indian Ocean which attracts migrants from neighbouring islands. Kwass Kwassa is a local name describing an unstable boat on which people want to get to Mayotte. The film shows the hard work of people building boats which will take them in a dangerous journey to fulfil their dreams.
POLISH AND ENGLISH SUBTITLES


MATONGÉ 

13MIN., 2015, BELGIUM, DIRECTOR: AMADEJ PETAN AND OTHERS

The customers at a tailor's store of "Madame Chapeau" are used to saying that its owner is a black woman with white skin. And indeed, although she is the last white Belgian woman running a boutique at the Gallery Ixelles in the Matongé district of
Brussels, her skills are appreciated by both the Congolese and the Cameroonians who constitute the majority of the district's inhabitants.
POLISH AND ENGLISH SUBTITLES


7.00p.m. FATHER, SON AND THE HOLY JIHAD 
120MIN., 2015, FRANCE, BELGIUM, SYRIA, DIRECTOR: STÉPHANE MALTERRE

The eponymous father is Bassam Ayachi, a Syrian emigrant who fled to France in the 1960s, married a Frenchwoman, and became a radical imam respected in Islamist circles, although he does not hide the fact that he has a great deal of affinity for the ideas . . . that students were fighting for behind barricades in March 1968. His son, Abdel Rahman, after several run-ins with the law, leaves for Syria, with an opinion of a dangerous extremist.
POLISH AND ENGLISH SUBTITLES






The project realised thanks to the financial support of the Municipality of Lublin as part of the celebrations of the 700th anniversary of Lublin in 2017.