Edge of Light – OPENING NIGHT
dir. Wojciech Szumowski, Poland, 2021, 73min
The movie shows us the story of Dariusz Popiela, Polish sportsman who, together with a group of young people, does not agree that the Nazi intention to remove Jews from world history would be fulfilled and conducts works in old, forgotten Jewish cemeteries. By recovering old matzevot Popiela brings back memory of Shoah victims. Each name recovered from the stones helps to show victims as individual people instead of a nameless group. THE FILM IS A STORY ABOUT READING – from matzevot, documents, the memory of neighbors – the history of Poland before and during the WW2. Young people from Krościenko, Grybów, Czarny Dunajec and many other places in Poland successively shed the light of memory on the names of individual people.
Meeting with Dariusz Popiela, director Wojciech Szumowski and producers!
Dariusz Popiela, an athlete, Olympian from Beijing, two-time European champion and multiple medalist of the world championship in mountain kayaking, and a man who does not agree that the Nazi intention to remove Jews from world history will be fulfilled, conducts works in old, forgotten Jewish cemeteries. charismatic man who electrifies the people around him and invites them to read the forgotten, local history together.
Director Wojciech Szumowski was born in 1961 in Northen Poland. A graduate of the Łódź Film School’s direction studies. Director, documentary filmmaker and producer who has been active in the film and TV industry for 30 years. The son of Maciej Szumowski, a journalist, brother of Małgorzata Szumowska, a director. Currently, the head of STUDIO SZUMOWSKI, an independent artist and director. Earlier, a producer and director for DISCOVERY HISTORIA TVN and TVN station. In 2000 - 2001, the head of the documentary section in TVP2 where he developed the concept and introduced the series of documentary films POLSKA BEZ FIKCJI / POLAND NON-FICTION. The Winner of many awards at Polish and international festivals and industry events.