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Institute of Journalism: Gryfino. Time Warp - questionnaire


Przemek Lewandowski, head of the Włóczykij Festival of Places and Travel in Gryfino, Poland, a protagonist of “Gryfino: Time Warp”, a report by Andrzej Muszyński, answers questions prepared by students of the Polish School of Reportage.

Name, age: Przemek Lewandowski, 35 lat.

Place of birth: Dębno Lubuskie.

My place today: Gryfino.

I am… a wanderer who walks between the world of the imagination and the landscape of reality.

I do… two large festival in small towns, I run a cinema, I write a bit, and make my way through worlds that try to chase me down afterwards.

I was… once in a forest.

I will be… a part of the borderland till the very end.

Culture is… caring about metaphysical values.

Poland is… I can’t quite say. It’s like a women whom you love even though can’t exactly say why.

Europe is… an enormous aquarium with fish, overgrown with deeply rooted, long-stemmed waterweeds. You could say it looks good, but the water is a bit murky.

My environment starts… where I start to recognize every stone, path, and tree.

My environment ends… it never ends, it has no borders, and it is constantly growing.

What I do is important because… it lets me and others be free.

A movie that has recently impacted me very profoundly was… Son of Babylon, a haunting film about Iraqi Kurdistan a few days after the fall of the regime of Saddam Hussein. The story is told through the eyes of a teenage boy who sets off in search for his father. A very emotional and shocking film.

A book that has recently impacted me profoundly was… The Other City by Michal Ajvaz, especially one part in which the main character unearths an enormous ebony sculpture of a naked woman, a tiger, and a man sitting in front of a typewriter. It’s one of those books in which every page is an unpredictable and boundless journey through space and time.

My biggest influence was… the atmosphere of the nearby forests and the still where my father worked; writers such as Bohumil Hrabal and Bolesław Leśmian; Art Brut artists; composers such as John Cage and John Zorn; my fictional influences include Indiana Jones.

This year I’d like to… circumnavigate a non-existent country on bicycle – the Margraviate of Brandenburg – and observe things that don’t exist, no longer exist, or do not yet exist.

In five years I’d like to… see my town as a place whose inhabitants have become several times more active.

Translated by Arthur Barys

This questionnaire is a supplement to “Gryfino: Time Warp”, an article written by Andrzej Muszyński as part of a series of reportages on grassroots cultural/social initiatives in various Polish cities. They were created especially for ECC by students of the Polish School of Reportage established at the Institute of Reportage in Warsaw.

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