COMMON ROOM

POLISH TITLE: ŚWIETLICA

UPCOMING

A conflict concerning a school common room for Roma children in Koszary in southern Poland. The common room was established against the will of the Polish citizens, who felt that there were more pressing investments than a common room for the Roma. The local authorities were also unhappy about this turn of events. Most gladly they would just get rid of the Roma from their municipalities once and for all. All these years, the Roma minority has been defended by Father Stanisław Opocki from the local parish, who is also the national chaplain of the Roma. He has repeatedly stood on the side of the weak, therefore he was not liked by the Polish majority. He was eventually dismissed by the Church authorities, who succumbed to the protests of Polish citizens.

GENRE:
documentary
COUNTRY:
Poland
YEAR:
DIRECTING:
Dariusz Kowalski
SCRIPT:
Lucyna Kowalska, Paweł Smoleński
EDITOR:
Mikołaj Robert
SOUND:
Andrzej Adamczak, Jacek Taszakowski, Dariusz Kowalski
PRODUCTION:
Ragusa Film (Lucyna Kowalska)

Dariusz Kowalski »

A psychologist by training, a filmmaker by choice. During the Polish transformation, he participated in the production of the BBC mini-series "In Solidarity" directed by Bolesław Sulik. He co-founded one of the first independent production companies created after the fall of communism – Widark Film and Television Production. In the 1990s, the company produced educational and documentary films for Polish Television and non-governmental organisations, such as PAH [Polish Humanitarian Action] and the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights. The originator and the first head of the festival "Watch Docs. Human Rights in Film". Since 2007, he has been associated with Ragusa Film, where, together with producer Lucyna Kowalska, they have been producing socially engaged films.