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POLSKI

ORDINARY COUNTRY

ABOUT THE FILM

Portrait of ordinary Polish life in the 70s and 80s from a surprising side. It will show Polish communist surveillance by an internal instructional video directed to employees of Citizens' Militia and Security Services. The program host indicates technical errors in the materials sent by the service officers to the Department of Criminalistics in Warsaw. Thanks to this we will learn how to prepare a place to conduct observations from the hiding, what kind of film tape is recommended, how to avoid the lack of synchronization and noise and dropouts in the recorded materials, and how to prepare it properly so the judge in court will not rejected it. All this will be described and analyzed on examples of films recorded from hiding, recording various everyday affairs of Poles - from trivial wiretaps registering the issue of buying a dog, through interviews of ordinary citizens made by Security Services officers, from which we find out that officials know exactly the daily list of grocery purchases, to intimate meetings of lovers in the hotel, as well as attempts to recruit for communistic cooperation. Is this image of communist repression very far from the modern world in which every citizen wears a listening device in his own pocket?

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DIRECTOR & SCRIPT
Tomasz Wolski – member of Guild of Polish Documentary Directors Polish Film Academy and European Film Academy. Director of short film “Daughter” (Grand Prix at Angers Premiers Plan) and director, editor, cameramen of 13 documentaries awarded at many international festival incl. Los Angeles Film Festival, Palm Springs Film Festival, Punto de Vista, Nancy – Aye Aye Film Festival, Evora – FIKE, Flickerfest International Short Film Festival, Camerimage & Krakow Film Festival.

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