Scene from the film Grandmamauntsistercat
Scene from the film Grandmamauntsistercat
Scene from the film Grandmamauntsistercat
Scene from the film Grandmamauntsistercat
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This film is available from June 6-June 16, 2024.

Film created from archival materials of the Educational Film Studio in Łódź, tells the story of a matriarchal family through the eyes of a child grappling with the reproduction of ideological and representational systems. Originally created as didactic and propagandist tools in communist Poland, the footage is repurposed as a locus of auto-fictional memories, with their scientific register shifted towards a treatment of images themselves as specimens. The classic Slavic witch figure, Baba Jaga, is reimagined as a 'prehistoric goddess from the times of the matriarchy'. This transformation incites layered reflections on kinship and identity, as the child navigates binary gender roles. The women in the family find home within the archive, engaging in a process of self- and world-making, overturning the often sexist and anthropocentric images into tools of freedom and resistance.

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  • Original Title
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Zuza Banasińska
  • Editing
    Zuza Banasińska
  • Sound
    Zuza Banasińska, Constanza Castagnet
  • Runtime
    23 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Netherlands
    • Poland
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • Visions du Réel 2024
    • International Film Festival Rotterdam, Netherlands
    • Berlinale, Germany
    • Millenium Docs Against Gravity, Warsaw, Poland
    • Indie Lisboa, Portugal
    • Festival International de Marseille, France
  • Awards
    • Teddy Award for Best Short Film | Berlinale, Germany
    • Best Dutch Film Award | Go Short Festival, Nijmegen, Netherlands
    • Festival Circuit Jury Award | Sicilia Queer 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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