Film screening: short films by students of the Film School in Lodz, main theme: COMMUNITY + discussion
For this one evening we want to revive the formula of film clubs’ discussions and open, uninhibited conversations between the audience. There will be truly what to discuss, as “Last Knights of the Right Side” is a bold and important film. It tells the story of the Lodz ONR brigade from the perspective of its members. The language of hatred, radical behavior and views are mixed with balanced portraits and touching stories of the people who form this group. If we want to look for a common language between the parties that are more and more conflicted in Polish society, this film is a must-see for all of us. The second film presented is “Breath” by Daria Kasperek, which perfectly corresponds to the photo-festival show of “Blocks” and a panel discussion on the unifying (or dividing) role of architecture in creating communities (23/06 at 6:00 pm). Scenes and fragments of conversations captured under a temporary graduation tower will remind us that sometimes a simple pleasure and a block bench can play a greater role than many ideologies in building relationships.
LAST KNIGHTS OF THE RIGHT SIDE, dir. Michał Edelman, 2020, 67’
The film tells a story of the Lodz City Brigade of the National Radical Camp (ONR), from the perspective of its members. It’s a relatively small group of people, who became good friends over the years. Together, they spend time attending numerous protests and ceremonies commemorating important historical moments and organizing local charity events. We observe the everyday life in the organization from within – from attending tactical training to hanging out at a pizza place after blocking a LGBTQ parade. Every chapter of the film tells a personal story of one member, starting from a “candidate” and ending with the head manager of the whole National Radical Camp.
BREATHE, dir. Daria Kasperek, 2019, 25’
In one of the districts of the city of Lodz, where almost seventy-one thousand people live, a small thorn house was built between the concrete buildings. This small, wooden structure becomes a place to observe the wonders of everyday interactions. The taste of the sun, salt and concrete fills the conversations. There is space to breathe.