The Ordinary Stories of Polish Londoners
dir. A. Chmura, series of 4' episodes, documentary, UK/Poland 2013
A series of documentaries about Poles in London. A mosaic of short portraits will form an image of immigration seen from the inside. I'm currently filming and editing further episodes. The long-term idea for this project is to develop an interactive story of Londoners of all origins. For more information visit website.
Best Documentary - Film The House 2014, London
Official Selection - New Media Film Festival 2014, Los Angeles
2nd Place - Strzelecki Award, Emigration Museum, Gdynia
Finalist - Giant Web Series
Honorable Mention - London International Creative Competition
Broadcasted by BBC Three Fresh and Web Series Channel
Presented at London Metropolitan Archives conference "Polish Londoners: Exploring Community Heritage", March 2014
Forget About the Big Issue
dir. A. Chmura, 3'20 documentary essay, Poland/France 2011
FORGET ABOUT THE BIG ISSUE
DIR. A. CHMURA, 3'20 DOCUMENTARY ESSAY, POLAND/FRANCE 2011
A short essay on a complicated subject - time.
Filmed in Krakow, Poland. Family archives by my Grandad.
Quotes by philosophers Zygmunt Bauman and Alan Watts.
Siła Głosu // Voice Power
dir. A. Chmura / A. Lewandowski / A. Sekielewska, 2'11 documentary, Poland 2010
Mrs Jola works as a sales announcer at Krakow's department store Jubilat. The store itself is an icon of the communist times. Does the voice that sounds inside come from the past too? Mrs Jola does her job in a unique style.
Film made at Marcin Koszałka's documentary workshop at Krakow Film Festival.
La Ville en Pologne // A Town in Poland
dir. A. Chmura, 8'06 documentary, Poland/France 2009
One of the best documentary directors in the world, Chantal Akerman, has a special relationship with her mother.
"Ma mère… J’en ai tant parlé en parlant de mes films. Ai-je vraiment travaillé tant d’années pour elle, autour d’elle, en rapport à elle ?"
(from Autoportrait en cinéaste, p.13)
"My mother arrived in Brussels in 1938 from a small town near Krakow. But strangely enough, in 1942 or 1943, she was taken back to Auschwitz, which was just 30 miles from where she grew up."
(from Chantal Akerman: My family and other dark materials)
I wanted to learn more about Chantal's Polish roots. Through a series of acquaintances I found out that the Akerman family lived in Tarnow, a pretty town south of Krakow. I went there on Christmas Day of 2009. This short film is a vision of Tarnow today, seen in long, Akerman-style shots.
An introduction to a future documentary project.