dir. Piotr Szczepański, Poland, 2021, 77 min
Miriam Synger is a strong woman in a patriarchal society. She is struggling for her identity as an orthodox Jewess wanting to live in contemporary Poland. She is a mother of five children who has a mission. She wants to prove that Jewish life is still possible in Poland. Coming from an assimilated Polish family, she is a third generation Holocaust survivor. And she believes that Poland is not a big cemetery.
In her twenties she decided to go back to het roots - changed her lifestyle and her name becoming a member of the Jewish Orthodox Community. But she remained the same passionate person. She wants to look into the future instead of recollecting the past. "@miriamfrompoland" is a two years intimate insider look into the life of a small Jewish society made with the method of Direct Cinema. We observe these from the point of view of a family. The main topic is identity and affiliation. Who am I? A Pole or a Jew or both? Where is my community?
AFTER THE SCREENING Q&A WITH DIRECTOR AND PRODUCER!
DIRECTOR: Piotr Szczepański
Born in 1975 in Łódź. Member of the Polish Film Academy, Polish Film Directors' Guild and Polish Documentary Directors' Guild. He specializes in long observation documentaries shot in direct cinema method. His documentary debut "C.K.O.D. Generation" brought him the Golden Hobby Horse in Kraków in 2004. He is a cinematographer by education and works also as director of photography. He collaborated among others with Krzysztof Zanussi, Sławomir Fabicki and Krzysztof Wodiczko.
Producer and production manager living in Łódź. Dean at the Film Art Organization Department of the Polish National Film School. She has produced documentaries through her company Anagram Film, and worked as production manager with such directors as Marcin Wrona "Moja krew", Mariko Bobrik "Taste of Pho" and Magnus von Horn "Sweat".