One of eight winning projects selected in the Art for Social Change competition conducted by the National Audiovisual Institute as part of the preparations for the European Culture Congress.
The history from more than half a century ago and the present day, the attempts to start a conversation between the generation of today’s grandmothers and the generation of their granddaughters, memory and oblivion – these are the topics to be touched upon at the open meeting organised by the Krakow-based Women’s Foundation eFKa.
The meeting will be preceded by the dance performance “Wytnij-wklej” (“Copy-Paste”) prepared by outstanding dancers of the youngest generation: Magdalena Przybysz, Barbara Bujakowska and Paulina Wysocka.
Next will be screened “Jugów. Memory and Oblivion – Stories of Resettled Women”, a film based on narrative interviews with the oldest female residents of Jugów, a small village in the Sowie Mountains in the South-Western Poland. Film is the result of the activity of eighteen women from Poland, Germany and Ukraine. In July 2010, during two weeks, female students and researchers from fields such as history, anthropology, philosophy, philology and sociology interviewed women who witnessed displacements and remembered their first years in Jugow after the World War 2. The aim of the project was to highlight this poorly-known chapter in Polish history, a history of three countries and, what was the most important, the history of women. Respect, openness and caution were the matters of the utmost importance during the interviews, as well as not being judgmental and suggestive. Researchers originated from different nationalities which made their interlocutors speak more willingly about their experiences. Some parts of the interviews were led in German and Ukrainian languages. The authors of all recordings were people never involved professionally in any kind of film making. Footage consists of great number of hours of video and audio recordings. A movie presented is just the small piece of the stories, a kind of a sample created to show how memory and oblivion works in real womens’s lifes.
After the screening, Alina Doboszewska and Sławomira Walczewska, the project’s initiators, will host the discussion with participation of writers: Olga Tokarczuk (Poland), Roswitha Schieb (Germany) and Maria Matios (Ukraine).
Project is realized by Women’s Foundation eFKa.