Silent Trees

Poland, Germany, Denmark2024documentary84'International Documentary CompetitionNational Competition

Runa, a 16-year-old Kurdish girl, escaped from Iraq to avoid the attacks of ISIS. Together with her family, she had been stuck on the Polish-Belorussian border before she eventually arrived in Poland. She had to grow up at an accelerated speed – after her mother’s death she became the head of her family. Now, she needs to take care of her four younger brothers and father, who cannot cope with the mounting difficulties. The film follows their uncertain fate, but gives a prominence to the portrayal of the teenager, an ordinary and extraordinary girl at the same time. Thanks to her animated drawings, the audience can discover more about her. The film is presented in the national and international competitions.

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directed by
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Agnieszka ZwiefkaQ&A guest

Agnieszka Zwiefka is an award-winning filmmaker. Her films „The Queen of Silence“ (2014) and „Scars” (2020) were screened at festivals worldwide. In her films she balances between reality and fantasy, creating hybrids that cross the border between documentary and fiction. Member of European Film Academy (EFA). Alumna of workshops Dok.Incubator, ScripTeast, Nipkow Programme and Berlinale Talents as well as Meryl Streep’s and Nicole Kidman’s The Writers Lab.

Kacper Czubak
Agnieszka Zwiefka
animated by
Yellow Tapir
Niklas Paschburg
Franciszek Kozłowski, Daniel Adamczyk
Michał Buczek
Zofia Kujawska, Agnieszka Zwiefka (Chilli Productions sp. z o.o.)
Kadr z filmu Silent Trees