EMiGRA  is the first festival about the Poles from all over the world and addressed to Poles around the world. From 25th to 29th September 2013 at the Orangery of the Palace in Wilanów, the first worldwide review of documentary films, short films and feature films about emigration issues will be held.

EMiGRA is the meeting of the filmmakers and poets of Polish origin from the East and the West with a Polish audience. There will be presentations of award-winning productions (such as the Oscar winning Tango by Zbigniew Rybczyński) as well as recently nominated audiovisual work for the festival in Cannes (school etude Olena by Elżbieta Benkowska) and films about the lives of  young Poles in Vilnius, Berlin, Dublin and Chicago. The youth in Poland and abroad is an especially important target group. A special guest of the festival will be Romulad Meczkowski (poet and journalist from Lithuania, the successor of Miłosz and Giedroyc ), Rafael Lewandowski (film director of Polish origin who was born in France, the winner of Polityka’s Passport (prestigious award presented by magazine Polityka) and Janusz Zaorski (director of cult emigration film Happy New York who will present his latest production Syberiada Polska.

The festival’s painting exhibition will consist of 60 paintings The magic of Vilnius, combining the city’s traditions of many cultures over many centuries: Lithuanian, Polish, Jewish, Belarusian, Russian, Ukrainian, Tatar and Caraim. The musical setting will consist of Bard stories by Evgen Malinovskiy and a concert by Leonid Volodko. The festival will conclude with the cabaret monologue by Grzegorz Heromiński who is returning from the USA.

The festival will be held under the patronage of the Polish Senate, TVP Polonia, Polish Radio External Service and thirty Polish media from abroad including from Neris, TV Polish Chicago,  londynek.net and Link to Poland.

Present at the opening ceremony of the festival there will be  the representatives of Seym (lower house of the Polish Parliament) and Senate of the Republic of Poland, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, as well as the representatives of Polish press and twenty newspapers and magazines from abroad.

During the festival, prizes from the audience and journalists will be awarded.

This event is partially financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Foundation for Assistance to Poles in the East.

The concept and organization of the festival: Foundation W – Z


More information on: Emigra



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