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When I Am a Bird

  • Poland
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MuLa lives in a Thai village by the Burmese border. She is from the Kajan people and her neck is adorned with characteristic gold neck rings. Her life has not been easy as she had to leave her native Burma and seek refuge in Thailand while her only daughter stayed home. MuLa makes her living selling souvenirs to tourists but the family’s financial situation is very difficult. Monika Pawluczuk’s documentary captures the woman’s struggle with her depressing fate and her unquenchable longing for a better life.


  • Original Title
    Kiedy będę ptakiem / ENG version
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Monika Pawluczuk
  • Cinematography
    Paweł Chorzępa
  • Editing
    Marcin Latanik
  • Sound
    Dariusz Wancerz
  • Runtime
    28 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Poland
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • International Film Festival Watch Docs - Human Rights in Film, 2013
    • Chop Shots Documentary Film Festival - Southeast Asia, Indonesia, 2014
    • 53rd Krakow Film Festival, Poland, 2013
    • New Horizons, Poland, 2013
    • DOK Leipizg, Germany, 2013
    • 21st Camerimage International Film Festival, Poland, 2013
    • 28th Pärnu International Documentary and Antropological FF, Estonia
    • 12th International Festival Signes de Nuit, France, 2014
    • 11th Fresh Film Fest, Czech Republic, 2014
    • Apricot Tree - International Ethno Film Fest 2015, Armenia, 2015
  • Awards
    • 12th International Festival Signes de Nuit, France, 2014 - Signs Award for Documentary
    • 11th Fresh Film Fest, Czech Republic, 2014 - Special Mention
    • Apricot Tree - International Ethno Film Fest 2015, Armenia, 2015 - Grand Prix is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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