Directors: Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze
Starring: Jowita Budnik, Antoni Pawlicki, Zbigniew Waleryś, Artur Steranko
Poland, 2013, 2 hours 11 minutes, Polish & Roma with subtitles, B/W
An inspired, innovative evocation of a Gypsy life that is now lost for ever, this is full of music, despair, and the triumph of one woman over all that life throws at her. Strikingly beautiful black and white imagery show scenes from the life of the Polish Roma poet Bronisława Wajs, (known as Papusza), whose story parallels all that happened to the Romany people through the 20th century. Shot mainly in the Roma language, the story moves back and forth through Papusza’s life as an outsider weaving together the patterns of Roma life from the freedom of the open road wandering between the woods and the water, through the Holocaust and forced settlement by the post-war Communist regime, to her discovery as a poet and all that it brings in its wake.
Winner of Special Mention at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival