PAPUSZA (15)*

Date Time
Weds 4th May 7.45pm

Dir: Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze | Poland | 2013 | 131 mins | Polish w/English Subtitles
Cast: Jowita Budnik, Zbigniew Walerys, Antoni Pawlicki, Artur Steranko

This ravishing film – shot in exquisite black and white – follows the life (and work) of Roma poet Bronislawa Wajs from her birth in 1908: taking in her arranged marriage as a young girl, her life in a gypsy tabor during WWII and forced settlement in communist Poland. Her literary talent was uncovered by Polish poet Jerzy Ficoswki, who published her poems: leading to a tragic paradox as the Roma community she documented rejected her for betraying their secrets. This tender film gives insight into a way of life swept away by the upheavals of war and communism; performed mostly by non-professional Roma actors.

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