“THE FEELING OF POLAND” // “POCZUJ POLSKĘ” (more info below / więcej info poniżej)
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Filmed and Edited by Maggie Olkuska
Filmed in Poland 2012-2013, Edited in Copenhagen 2014
"You see the world through how you feel & what is inside you. This is my own subjective point of view."
"Widzisz świat i ludzi przez pryzmat tego co nosisz w sobie. Film pokazuje moje własne subiektywne spojrzenie."
Poland... Dear Poland! What a feeling!
We live in a strange world, don’t we? Everyone has an opinion about other countries, nations, languages… and most of them come from “what others said..” - not from the pure experience.
While traveling, I’ve heard various opinions about Poland (about “me” as a Pole!), negative and positive. I was born in Cracow, Poland but since the very early age I was moving a lot. I see myself as a cosmopolitan.
Nevertheless, I wanted to test and document it myself - how is it in Poland right now?
Therefore, In 2012 I took my camera & I ‘backpacked’ Poland. Within 2 weeks, I traveled over 1120 km (700 miles) by train, from the North to the South. I visited the biggest cities (Gdansk, Krakow, Warszawa), I tasted the Baltic sea, hitchhiked through the Bieszczady mountains, tried local food, used couchsurfing to stay with & meet new people and finally spend some time on Polish countryside.
Poland is a country with a very brutal past, really.. the World Wars, Holocaust... but I believe that all these experiences only made the nation stronger! As I experienced through my journey - Polish people are so hardworking, very hospitable, very ambitious; there are so many passionate artists, musicians, writers, filmmakers there… ! Moreover, when a Pole decides that he’s going to achieve something, a goal, a dream - I bet you - he will!!! (*and he is going to be passionate about it!*)
All in All, Everyone has opinions, but why not to focus on the positive ones? I hope that my short movie will make you smile, and will send you some good vibes from Poland.
//////About the filmmaker //////
Maggie Olkuska - born in 1991 in Cracow, Poland. I am based in Copenhagen, Denmark and I work in the film industry as a freelance cinematographer, camera assistant around Europe.
While traveling I was always in good mood while
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