Scene from the film Joanna
Scene from the film Joanna
Scene from the film Joanna
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In the multitude of blogs on the Internet, one stands out and becomes the common topic of many conversations. The reason why so many people follow Joanna’s blog is because it teaches them how to be thoughtful and joyful. She describes her daily life with overwhelming honesty and accuracy. Her goals are as simple as a family trip to the lakes, her planning is as short-term as to witness her little son riding a bike for the first time. Diagnosed with untreatable illness, Joanna promises her son that she will do her best to live for as long as possible. She writes down everything she might want him to learn from her when he grows up. 

With great visual poetry, the documentary portrays the simple and meaningful moments in the life of the family. The very few words spoken and the ones never uttered in the film make the message ultimately powerful and extremely subtle at the same time. It is a story of close relationships, tenderness, love and thoughtfulness.


  • Original Title
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Aneta Kopacz, Tomasz Średniawa
  • Cinematography
    Łukasz Żal
  • Editing
    Rafał Samborski, Paweł Laskowski, Aneta Kopacz
  • Music
    Jan A.P. Kaczmarek
  • Runtime
    40 min (31-45 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Poland
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • Docs Against Gravity Film Festival, Warsaw 2013
    • Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival, 2013
    • DOK Leipzig, 2013
    • Docudays UA, 2013
    • Festival du Cinema de Brive, 2014
    • International Documentary Film Festival, Barcelona 2014
    • The Palm Springs International ShortFest, 2014
    • "Makedox" Documentary Film Festival, Skopje 2014
    • Koszalin Film Festival "Youth and Film", 2014
    • Solanin Film Festiwal, Nowa Sól 2014
  • Awards
    • Oscars 2015 - Nomination in the category of the best short documentary film
    • Polish Film Awards "Orły" 2015 - Nomination in the category of the best documentary film
    • Docs Against Gravity Film Festival - Special Mention
    • Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival - "Silver Eye" Award
    • DOK Leipzig - Youth Jury Award
    • Docudays UA - Special Mention in Docu/Short competition; Audience Award
    • Los Angeles Movie Awards - Best Documentary Feature
    • Festival du Cinema de Brive - Audience Award
    • International Documentary Film Festival, Barcelona - Special Mention
    • Cleveland International Film Festiwal - Special Mention for Best Women’s Short Film 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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