Kredens + Documents
FREE PASSES AT THE ENTRY. SCREENING AT THE "HERITAGE GALLERY" - POLIN MUSEUM.
dir. Jacob Dammas, Poland, Denmark, 2007, 2004, 36 min
"KREDENS", Poland, Denmark 2007, 26 min.
40 years after his Polish-Jewish mother and family escaped Poland to Denmark, Jacob, a young Danish film director, visits the building in Wrocław where the family lived. He tries to engage in conversations with the current tenants about a piece of furniture left there, an old German credenza. During the search, Jacob also involves his mother over the phone, which opens up new clues and wider perspectives. A personal, tragicomic story about how history and displacement of people affects the identity and human memory of different generations.
The screening will be preceded by Jacob Dammas' first film "DOCUMENTS", Denmark 2004, 10 min. What does it mean to have a passport? Three generations reflect about this question from different perspectives: a grandmother in Israel who was forced to give up her Polish citizenship; a middle-aged couple in the process of getting their Polish passport back; and a young Danish film director who can travel freely to Poland (and the world) almost without any document. AFTER THE SCREENINGS MEETING WITH THE FILMMAKER!
The festival will show all Jacob Dammas' three 'personal Jewish identity' films: his first short doc "Documents" / "Dokumenty" from 2004 (3rd prize at WJFF) that turned into a kind of prolog to his film "Kredens" from 2007 (breakthrough as filmmaker), and "Warsaw Calling" from 2023 (world premiere, part of the POLIN Museum G9 project, see here: https://wjff.pl/en/film/wjff-shorts-polin-g9 , that is in a way an epilog – so far – to "Kredens" and Jacob's time in Poland.