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The Second Polish Exhibition of Graphic Symbols will present a cross-section of Polish logos and visual communication systems. The viewers will have the opportunity to take a look back at iconic designs from 1945 – 1969 and learn about the history of Polish graphic design, but also to confront the achievements of our design masters with the most recent works in this field.

Michał Szcześniak’s Starting Point, produced by Munk Studio, which operates within the structure of the Polish Filmmakers Association is the only Polish film among the ten titles on the Oscar nominations shortlist in the Documentary Short Subject category. The list was released on 26th October.

It is hard to find in the western world an equivalent to Disco Polo. It is not just a genre of music, but a whole cultural phenomenon that could be situated somewhere at the crossroads of traditional folklore, an expression of the Slavic nature and staring at the American patterns. Maciej Bochniak attempts to capture this phenomenon in a broad context and aesthetic, both socially and politically. His film “Disco Polo”, which you will have the opportunity to see on November 19th at the Edinburgh Filmhouse during the Play Poland Film Festival, is a surreal comedy, whose creators – rather than evaluating – are trying to understand (with a kind of fascination) the atmosphere of Polish 90’s, when this kitschy genre captured the hearts and ears of the entire nation.

We are talking with Karolina Bielawska, the director of a documentary entitled Mów mi Marianna (Call me Marianna) – the film about a woman who made a dramatic choice between living in harmony with her sexual identity and being with her family. It has been widely recognised and received numerous awards at international festivals. This week the audience at the 5th Play Poland Film Festival will have a chance to see it.

The widely acknowledged documentary “Call me Marianna” by filmmaker Karolina Bielawska is, on the one hand, a strong statement on the controversial and contemporary issue of the possibility to obtain a legal sex change, and on the other hand, a universal story about humanist values.

The Play Poland Film Festival is held under Link to Poland’s media patronage.

The premiere showing of the documentary “Karski & The Lords of Humanity” directed by Sławomir Grünberg was held on November 5 at Georgetown University. The event, attended by over 300 guests, was co-organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, DC.