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Poland2023documentary11'Konkurs polski (2023)

A shocking testimony to the events which occurred on the Polish-Belarusian border in 2021. Under the guise of a ‘forest trip’ activists venture into the Białowieża Primeval Forest to deliver necessary items to the refugees from the Middle East and Africa hiding there. As a result of a state of emergency announced in the border zone, it is harder to reach migrants trapped in the forest. The area is searched by border guards and the weather poses an additional threat to the people’s life and health as temperatures may fall below zero at night. The struggle against time begins.

directed by
Zuzanna Solakiewicz, portret reżysera
Zuzanna Solakiewicz

Film director and screenwriter. She is a graduate of Inter-Faculty Individual Studies in the Humanities at the University of Wrocław. In 2005-2009 she stayed in Israel where in 2008 she studied at the Sam Spiegel Film and TV School in Jerusalem. She continued her education on an internship at the Film School in Łódź. She has participated in the following film workshops: the Berlinale Talent Campus, the New Horizons Studio, EAVE, the Jerusalem Film Lab and ScripTeast. In 2019 she completed her feature course Studio Prób at the Wajda School. Her film "15 Corners of the World" (2014) has been awarded at the prestigious festival in Locarno.

Zvika Gregory Portnoy, portret reżysera
Zvika Gregory Portnoy

Zvika Gregory Portnoy was born in 1980. Graduated in photography from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design (2007, Jerusalem) and from the Department of Cinematography and Directing at Sam Spiegel School for Cinema (2011, Jerusalem), Scholarship recipient of the American-Israeli Foundation. Member of the Israeli Association of Photographers. Author of photographic and video-art exhibitions (including "A moment before leaving" in Jerusalem, "Israeli beauty" in Tel Aviv) and photographs for numerous shorts and graduate feature films and documentaries. Since 2011, he has been living and working in Poland. During this period he directed the short documentary film "No Reason to Leave" presented in the Documentary ART competition of T-Mobile New Horizons in 2012. He was the cinematographer of the award-winning Polish and international film "15 Pages of the World" directed by Zuzanna Solakiewicz. The documentary film "Dramas" is his feature-length debut. Since 2012 he has been a member of the Polish Filmmakers Association in the "Young Circle".

Zvika Gregory Portnoy
Zuzanna Solakiewicz
Marcin Lenarczyk
Zuzanna Solakiewicz
Zuzanna Solakiewicz (Zuzanna Solakiewicz kornik filmowy)
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