Arkadiusz Wojnarowski | Mały Madagaskar
Where:Lower Silesian Film Centre, hallway next to room Lalka, Piłsudskiego 64a
“I organized an expedition to Madagascar in 2015, both to reach the village of Ambinanitelo, established as early as in the 18th century by August Beniowski and to make a documentary. In Ambinanitelo, in 1936-1937, lived the writer Arkady Fiedler. I wanted to find the traces of those two outstanding Poles. Having travelled for two weeks from the capital, Antananarivo, by a van, an off-road car and a boat hollowed in a rosewood trunk , I reached my destination. I failed to find any traces of the Poles. I only managed to hear a story about Fidler`s “ritual wife” – Velmoda. Yet, I found happiness there. Mainly on children`s faces. I also met kids watching family business, catching fish, cleaning rice or making baskets. The girls played Chinese jump rope, boys played with a cane ball they made themselves. It is a little better in the capital, Antananarivo, where to celebrate a national holiday some children can afford ice cream, blowing soap bubbles, a bowl of their favourite food, and what is the most important, shoes! Does poverty make them unhappy? No. The Little Madagascar is like this. I invite you to join me in my journey across this fascinating island and to reflect on the rush of civilization, to which we more and more yield, whether we want to or not.
Arkadiusz Wojnarowski, born in Wroclaw in 1973. In 1982-1990 a child film star (among others ”Jeśli się odnajdziemy”/”If we find each other”, ”Urwisy z Doliny Młynów”/”Children from the Mills Valley”, ”Janka”). A Polish and German lawyer (European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) and Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan). Film distributor and producer (Lodz Film School and Paris Sorbonne 1) of, among others, the renowned and awarded Romanian-Polish animation “Crulic – The Path To Beyond”. Member of the European Film Academy and the Polish Filmmakers Association. Teacher of film and TV production at Wroclaw University. Lecturer at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, where he teaches promotional film, picture narration, storyboarding and copyright. Author of the book ”Podstawy prawne i finansowe koprodukcji europejskiej” (PWSFTViT Film Publishing House 2009). He is working on his PhD thesis on Polish film screenplay. Founder of the Magellan Foundation. Director of the Silesia Artistic Film Group.
The exhibition will be open until the end of the film review of this year`s edition of Brave: forbidden Cinema.