„Comrades” is a feature-length documentary that tells a story of three young Italian activists believing that communism can change the world. Simone is a 30-year-old secretary of the Communist Refoundation Party and a reggae DJ. Francesca, blue-haired painter calls herself a „proletarian’s daughter”. And Olivia, aspiring writer from a well-off family, who fights for the rights of people threatened with eviction. They all start in the same organization and have a common goal - to fight for a world ruled by social justice and equality. And after-hours? They express themselves in art. But can we achieve the ideals of equality and social justice without repeating terrible mistakes from the past? Is a change still possible in the modern world, full of stimuli disturbing any attempt of reflection? Is there any other way to change the world than radicalism? Throughout the action of the film Italy changes, communist party collapses and protagonists have to face family problems. All this forces them to rethink their priorities, invent their own ways of political activity and enter the path to maturity.
WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY: Joanna Janikowska
PRODUCER: Anna Gawlita – Kijora Film
CO-PRODUCER: Karolina Błażejczak
Joanna Janikowska – director and cinematographer. Author of short documentaries and TV reportages. Graduated from Interdisciplinary Individual Studies in the Humanities at Warsaw University. She worked as an assistant director for the two last feature documentaries by Piotr Stasik – “21 x New York” nominated for the European Film Awards 2016 and “Opera about Poland” winner of the Between The Seas competition at Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival 2017. She was a DOP in a short film “2×2” by Iza Kiszczak screened at Cannes Film Festival. Currently she works on her professional debut “Comrades” developed within Doc Lab Poland program and pitched at Krakow Film Festival.