Vakha and Magomed

Poland 2010, Documentary, 12’ | Director, Screenplay Marta Prus | DoP Mateusz Wajda | Editor Cecylia Pacura | Production Polish National Film School in Łódź | World Sales Krakow Film Foundation

Vakha and his ten-year-old Magomed have emigrated from Chechnya to Poland. Left to their own devices, they have to deal with the rigours of everyday routine in a bleak refugee centre in Warsaw. We see them cooking, playing, praying, cleaning their teeth and turning in for the night. Yet despite the dreary circumstances, they attempt to lead a normal everyday life. They also try to hang on to their identity despite the traumatic war experiences. The story of Vakha and Magomed, filmed without commentary, provides a humanist look into the relationship between father and son.

 

Biography
Born 1987 in Warsaw, MARTA PRUS graduated in art history at the University of Warsaw. In 2009, she enrolled to study film direction at the Polish National Film School in Łódź. She has also completed a study course in documentary film-making at the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing.

 

Awards for ›Vakha i Magomed‹
Best Short Documentary, 52nd Festival dei Popoli 2011 | Prix Roger Closset, Festival International des Ecoles de Cinéma – FIDEC 2011

 

 

Marta Prus
Poland
2010
Documentary
2012
Panorama