Screening of the thriller documentary “Territory” of the monastery. The 19th Millennium Ducks Antigravity Festival opened Thursday night by Alex Pritz on the situation in the Brazilian Amazon. The event will visit eight cities and will run until May 22. The online segment will run from May 24 to June 5.
During the opening ceremony, MDAG Festival Director, Artur Liephart, noted that the motto for this year’s edition of the event is to “rethink everything”. “Russian aggression against Ukraine presented us all with unusual and modern challenges. Each of us, from social, political and cultural institutions, including film festivals. One can ask a rather awkward question today, who needs a film festival in a country close to the border. ??Because here in Poland we are the third and fourth front of this war. The name of the film festival includes the Film Art Festival. So what should a film festival celebrate in a country close to the front line? – he asked.
According to Liephart, any wartime film festival “must unite rather than divide” and “encourage an in-depth analysis of reality.” “He can invite you into a space of contemplation in a world where change is only certainty. He can also help us reinvent ourselves personally and collectively. Both the film and the events of the nineteenth edition of Millennium Docs Against Gravity, I would like to invite you.”
Wojciek Rybak, a board member of Millennium Bank, noted that this festival is particularly close to the institution he represents because of “many shared values”. “Not only supporting diversity or ecological transformation, but also core values that we have not yet thought of including in our corporate documents, namely the right to a dignified life or even the right to life. That is why in the year we funded two additional awards – for Best Ukrainian Film and for Best Film Project From Eastern Europe. We think it is worth supporting those initiatives that show the world what it is.”
The public gathered Thursday evening at the Polin Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw to see “The Territory,” the full performance of Alex Pritz. This is a story about the situation in the Brazilian Amazon, where the Uru-eu-wau-wau tribe has to face the settlers, farmers and mineral hunters who gradually surround them. When announcing the film, Pritz noted that it was “made with great love.” “It’s about land, about resistance and invasions. There are invasions that happen overnight, and there are invasions that last forever. Other films, especially Polish films,” he said.
The film’s producer, Sigrid Dekaere, contacted friends from Ukraine. “We are at war. The war was fought near Poland. One of the elements of this war is actually land theft, so, in a sense, this movie – which we are going to watch – has something to do with what is happening now “- she concluded.
The 19th Millennium Docs Against Gravity Festival will be held May 13-22 in Warsaw, Wroclaw, Gdynia, Pozna, Katowice, ód, Lublin and Bydgoszcz, and online May 24-5 June. The program features a total of 170 titles, including “Instagram Family” by Susan Regina Meurice, “Meat of the Future” by Liz Marshall, “Lost Leonardo” by Andreas Kofod, “The Search for Immortality” by Stefan Bergmann and “Nothing Compares” by Catherine Ferguson.
14 documents will be submitted in the main competition, incl. “Baby Jar. Contexts” by Sergei Shoneka, “Plato Young” by Declan McGrath and Nyasa née Chianin, “Angels from Sinjar” by Hana Pollack, “Bisclaki” by Lydia Duda and “Lombard” by Lukas Kowalski. What’s new is a short film competition and a film competition for young audiences. Festival audiences will also be able to watch documentaries in non-competing sections: Love Stories, Before You Grow Up, Faces from the Far East, Science Will Save Us and Preserve the Archives of the Future.
As part of the events of the past, films by American intellectual Susan Sontag will be shown, including “The Promised Lands”, “Waiting for Godot … in Sarajevo”, “Guided Tours”, “Duet for Cannibals” and “Brother Karl” . The hero of the upcoming retrospective will be American director of experimental films and documentaries Bill Morrison, who will appear at the festival.
More information about the event, including the full program, can be found at: http://mdag.pl/. (PAP)
Author: Daria Borica
dap / aszw/