Film: Village of Swimming Cows + discussion
Three young Berliners from the Spirit Center community, supporting the spiritual development of its members by doing yoga, meditation, shamanic rituals or forest survival lessons, decide to go to the Polish countryside. Ellen, Mario and Job go to the East, all the way to the Polish border with Belarus, where a local farmer, Stanisław, rents them a century-old wooden house. The clash between the views of the two groups and their different attitudes towards life in nature marks the starting point for the director to ask questions about the real limits of our tolerance and searching for true, often surprising, aspects of the Polish countryside.
After the screening, we will talk to the director about her experiences on the film set and confront them with the experiences of Paweł Sroczyński, co-founder of Osada Twórców – the Cohabitat research facility, an innovative place in the countryside close to Łódź, which
promotes the use of natural materials, self-sufficiency and open technologies, with the aim of helping people create natural habitats based on the principles of ecosystem functioning. The meeting will be held by journalist Agnieszka Obszańska, who in her career has visited the
Podlasie villages many times to record her broadcasts. Together we will ponder on whether it is possible for today’s hippies and farmers to get along despite the communication barrier and the huge cultural gap? What does it mean today to be close to nature?
18:30 film screening: Village of Swimming Cows, dir. Katarzyna Trzaska, Poland, Germany 2018, 78’, PL/ENG
20:00 discussion after the screening: Visions of the rural life vs. rural life with participation of the film’s director Katarzyna Trzaska & Paweł Sroczyński (Osada Twórców – Placówka badawcza Cohabitat), moderated by: Agnieszka Obszańska