In 2011, the first edition of „The World From Dawn till Dusk” took place in Minsk, Kiev, Moscow, Beijing and Tokyo. The next edition took place in 2013 in Tbilisi, Chisinau, Yerevan and Bydgoszcz and the following one took place in 2014 in Baku, Istanbul and Kolkata. The 2015 edition were in Havana and Wroclaw. About 550 students, directors, cameramen, production managers, sound and film editors have participated directly in the workshops. Every time the person leading the workshops has worked intensively with the students for several weeks, preparing a film portrait of the city. The students were divided into groups and each group made their own, short etude which later became a part of the larger whole. Collective work under the supervision of experienced tutors led to such construction of the individual works that they could be put together to create an epic and coherent documentary film.
After the workshops all the participants and representatives of universities emphasized how unique the event was, how much it increased their film knowledge and how it affected their personal development.
14 one hour long documentary films portraying the cities are the immediate result of the workshops. In each of these cities the films made under the project were shown together with a number of selected films of tutors which are important positions for the Polish Documentary School.
All the shows attracted great interest. Every screening had an audience of hundreds of viewers. After the screenings there were interesting discussions about the differences and similarities between various countries which are very distant from each other in terms of culture. Intriguing syntheses were developed regarding the universal values common for all societies.
Detailed description of the project can be found at: http://docworld.pl/
While organizing “The World From Dawn till Dusk” project for the past several years, we have met many young people. We had a perfect opportunity to gain deep insights into their worlds and to get to know their problems. We are impressed by their sensitivity, passion and talent. It was during those meetings that we thought for the first time of “Young People About Themselves” – young filmmakers from Poland, Ukraine and Belarus creating their own, personal films where their peers are the protagonists: young people at the start of their adult lives. We would like deep, psychological portraits of the protagonists to be developed. We wanted the authors to reach the deep truth about the youth by scrutinizing every detail of their protagonists’ lives. The events of Euromaidan took place when the project was being carried out and they, as expected, became the main theme of the films.
The first meeting was held in April 2014 in Kiev. Surrounded by the atmosphere of the ongoing historical events, inhaling the smoke of burning tyres in the nearby Maidan, we worked from dawn till dusk in the common belief that those films which would be made under our projects had a very important mission to accomplish. We had an opportunity to become familiar with archival materials of our Ukrainian students. We were impressed not only by the content describing the shocking events from an emotional, direct perspective, but also by the interesting form: harmony of composition, lighting expression, movement dynamics.
The authors presented dozens of interesting projects which were subjected to a thorough analysis. Some of them needed additional documentation and other additions.
After the workshops in Kiev, authors of the selected projects kept working on their development. First synopses were created and film materials were chosen. During an online conference we had another opportunity to discuss the current state of the projects. During the workshop in Warsaw the final versions of scripts were written and trailers were made. On the last day there was a pitch and each author had 10 minutes to present the project in a form of a trailer and a personal appearance in front of a number of publishers from the Polish television and film institutions. The pitching resulted in coproduction commitments and the next stage of the project has started: film production.
Detailed description of the project can be found at: http://www.mom.org.pl/
Script and direction: Alisa Kovalenko, Liubov Durakova
Production: Doc'n'World Foundation
Alisa is 26 when the revolution starts in Kiev. She’s a student of film school, but above all, she’s Ukrainian. This film describes her journey from Euromaidan to the war in the East. It’s a sensitive diary of young woman lost in the shaky world. Living picture of her tragic experiences, feelings, pains. Alisa was taken captive by separatists, who thought she was sniper from Ukrainian army. She is not just a director anymore, she becomes a participant of the events. It's also film about love between Alisa and her French boyfriend, will love survive the danger?
Film is co-financed by Polish Film Institute, Polish television (channel 2 and Belsat), Adam Mickiewicz Institute. Film is finished. The premiere of the film was at the most import ant Documentary Film Festival IDFA 2015 in Amsterdam. Film was presented at festivals in Moscow, Geneve, Zagreb, Kiev, Warsaw, Bruxelles, Vancouver and few others.
Details at: www.alisa.org.pl
Script and direction: Aniela Gabryel
Production: Film Studio Everest
The film tells four personal stories of one Crimean Tatar family. Their story concentrates, as in a lens, the extensive experience of people living under occupation. The difficulties, which affect this family, are experienced by the larger community and evolve extreme emotions. The main motive of the film is not the regime and the occupation itself, but its consequences, how it affects the lives of ordinary people who simply want to live, to love and to have a family.
Film is co-financed by Polish Film Institute and Polish Television (channel Belsat). Film is finished.
Details at: www.windstop.pl
Script and direction: Vita Drygas
Production: Drygas Production
Ukraine, Maidan, mud, frost and fire. Beyond the barricades, a piano appears, an object that seems to have come from some other, better story. Its music fortifies the protesters and irritates the authorities to such an extent that they try to drown it out with a cacophony of pop music. Vita Maria Drygas’s documentary is a lyrical tale about symbolic resistance.
Film is co-financed by Polish Film Institute and Polish Television (channel 2).
Film is finished. Film was awarded at Cracow Film Festival for ”poetic and original presentation of Ukrainian resolution”.