From April 24 to May 3, as part of the Docudays UA festival, we present Polish films “About Animals and People” by Lukasz Chaika and “19.91” by Emilia Sngoskoi.
Lukash Chaika – film director, game designer and television reporter. He graduated from the Department of Political Science and the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Warsaw, as well as the documentary program Dok Pro School of Andrzej Wajda. “About Beasts and People” is his debut film.
“About Animals and People” is a documentary about events in the Warsaw Zoo before and during World War II. The main characters of the film are Jan Zhabinsky, founder and long-term director of the zoo, and his wife Antonina Zhabinsky. During the war, they hid Jews and Polish resistance fighters in an abandoned zoo – in their own house and in the empty utility rooms of animal squads. In total, they managed to save about 300 people.
Emilia Sneґoska – director. In 2018, Emilia graduated from the Faculty of Film Directing of the State Higher School of Film, Television and Theater in Lodz (Poland). Since 2014, she has been working as an assistant director in fiction and documentary films, as well as in television genres. Now lives and works in Berlin.
“19.91” is a quiet and modest story about a meeting between a 19-year-old Yetta from Germany and a 91-year-old Polish woman, Mrs. Zofya. During the annual volunteer work in Warsaw, Etta is regularly visited by Mrs. Zofya, who spent the years of her youth in concentration camps Auschwitz and Ravensbrück. The film won the short film competition among young directors at the International Documentary Film Festival in Budapest.
Films will be available from April 24 to May 3 on the festival platform https://docudays.ua/.