The Antarctic Syndrome

Poland | 2019 | documentary | 73 min. National competition

Does doctor Jan Terelak belong to an “elitist” group of the most unethical experimenters? The Polish scientist tested boundaries of human mental resilience in extreme conditions of solitude in Antarctica. The starting point for Piotr Jaworski's documentary is the psychologist's journal. The project from forty years ago was focused on studying the mental condition of polar explorers at the Polish station. Men were in the situation of confinement, comparable to a space mission. The film reconstructs these events, referring to the then contemporary context and changes in the perception of science.

directed by

Piotr Jaworski Festival guest

Andrzej Wojciechowski
Piotr Jaworski
animated by
Jarosław Konopka
Jan Terelak Festival guest
Kamil Sajewicz
Tomasz Bujko, Zbigniew Osiński
Janusz Skałkowski, Kamil Skałkowski (Kalejdoskop Film)
Film screenings:
Tuesday, May 28 18:00 | Kino Pod Baranami Red Room + meeting with creators:
director Piotr Jaworski
protagonist Jan Terelak
The Antarctic Syndrome