Archive of films Poor - Land / Bieda - zemia

Poland
2004, 5 min

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Year: 2005

Scenes of coalseams and snow-capped heaps eloquently illustrate the succinct communication conveyed in the closing message of the film. Around 5,000 unemployed labourers are illegally mining coal in the closed-down mines near Walbrzych. Some of them even die there.


Synopsis

The dusky light floods the tired faces of men working in the deep coalseams. Pick-axes flicker, coal pours from shovels into tin buckets. More men take them out and transfer the coal to sacks. The men warm up food by a small fire. The flickering flames drive away the darkness and reveal the bitter creases on their scowling faces.... The closing title states that around 5,000 unemployed labourers are illegally mining coal in the closed-down mines near Walbrzych. Some of them die there.

About the director

Filip Marczewski is a student of the Lodz Film School (PWSFTViT). Last year the Polish Feature Film Festival in Gdynia screened his student film Cyrano (2004), about actors from a provincial theatre, which maintains that no one has the right to rid people of their illusions.

Contacts

Polish National Filmschool Lodz
Targowa 61/63, 90-323, Lodz
Poland
Tel: +48 426 345 820
Fax: +48 426 345 928
E-mail: mg@filmschool.lodz.pl
www: www.filmschool.lodz.pl

About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
   
Director: Filip Marczewski
Screenplay: Filip Marczewski
Dir. of Photography: Szymon Lenkowski
Music: Dave Mevson
Editor: Boguslawa Furga, Rafal Listopad
Producer: Andrzej Bednarek
Production: Polish National Filmschool Lodz
Contact: Polish National Filmschool Lodz

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Filip Marczewski

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