White Queen


Manuela, a German native, leads a simple life and is maintained by her husband. Jules, her husband, is a black, inconspicuous, lightly melancholy employee of an organic slaughterhouse in Bavaria.  His real name is Kagni Kossigan, he is the Togolese Prince of the Ewe-Mina tribe. He was forced to emigrate by the end of the 20th century after being inscribed by President Gnassingbe Eyadem on the list of head-hunters, for peaceful demonstrations under the palace and having called for the respect of the institution of the tribal kings by the central authority.
At the beginning of the 21st century, after the death of his father, despite his banishment, Kagni Kossigan was proclaimed king of about 40,000 subordinates. His power is mainly judiciary and is related to the local tradition. The only possible form of its exercise is the use of instant messenger applications and... the help of his wife. Manuela has a second, African name – Sika, meaning 'worth the gold”. As a citizen of the European Union, she does not have to be afraid of repression in Togo. It gives her the chance to visit the Ewe-Minin people as their queen and representative of the will of the absent king.



Grzegorz Piekarski was born in 1989 in Warsaw. In 2014 he obtained a master’s degree in engineering at the Faculty of Mechatronics of the Warsaw University of Technology. Currently, he is studying film direction at the Radio and Television Department Krzysztof Kieślowski of the University of Silesia in Katowice. During his studies he was the assistant director and photographer in the film sets of I. Vilquist, A. Sikora, K. Langa, and B. Dzianowicz. He made short films: “You can go”, feature film, 2016; “Jet Lag” feature film, 2017; “Pasdar”, documentary, 2017. His great passion is traveling, in recent years he organized and participated in expeditions, among others to Ethiopia, Kenya, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Palestinian Autonomy and Iran (many times, including the film). His photographs and articles were published in the magazines “Explore the World”, “Welcome to Travel”, “Travels”.


Natalia Pietsch was born in 1988 in Krakow. In 2011, she graduated with honors from the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice in the field of graphics. Currently, she is studying Image Realization at the Radio and Television Department in Katowice.Since 2013, she has been working as an operator and illuminator on feature films, documentaries and music videos. She is the author of photographs for many short films: “Towards” dir. Alex Casianov, “If only I was a spider” dir. Katarzyna Warzecha, Alex Casianov, Martyna Majewska, “Fragments” dir. Sylwia Rosak, “Open to me” dir. Dominika Gnatek, “Żabi król”, dir. Arek Biedrzycki, “Robal” dir.Iwo Kondefer. In 2017, as part of the Munk Studio project, she directed the document “Euforia”.