Sunday at Watch Docs

Repression in Belarus, the war in Donbas and a moving portrait of Imad, a boy kidnapped and held by ISIS - are must-see movies on Sunday at the 21st WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film.

In his film "When Flowers Are Not Silent," Andrei Kutsila looks at life in Belarus today, more than a year after protests against the fraudulent elections began. Journalist Marta Bałaga writes in "Wysokie Obcasy," "in the film shown at the Watch Docs festival, [Kutsila] shows the mother of three children, women talking about the violence they suffered, and a sister imprisoned during the protests. He claims he didn't plan it, that it was his camera that began to wander over the faces of women gathered in the streets, because you could read all the possible emotions in them."

The film screening starts at 5:00 p.m. at Kino Muranów and after the screening we invite you to the "Belarus: landscape after the battle" debate. Lyudmila Anannikova, a reporter, author of the book "Condemned. Stories of people wronged by the system, " will talk to:

  • Volodymyr Jaworski, a Ukrainian activist for civil society and human rights, lawyer, member of the Ukrainian Helsinki Committee
  • Andrei Kutsila, director
  • Olga Salomatova - a lawyer, trainer and expert in the field of human rights and democracy
  • Jana Shostak - Polish-Belarusian artist and activist

Also today, at 6:00 p.m. at Kinoteka, you can see the film "Trenches," straight from the last Venice festival. It is an aesthetic and, at the same time, shockingly naturalistic image of the war in the Donbas. Director Loup Bureau reveals the depressive daily life on the front lines. The protagonists are young Ukrainian soldiers waging a positional battle with separatists somewhere in the Donbas.

Loup Bureau will meet with the audience for a Q&A after the screening.

Another title that can’t be missed at this year's WATCH DOCS festival is "Imad's Childhood" - a portrait of a small Kurdish boy kidnapped by ISIS and brainwashed in captivity. Now, his family is patiently struggling day after day to get Imad's life back to normal.

We would like to remind you that film screenings take place in Kinoteka and Kino Muranów and on the Internet on the MOJEeKINO.PL platform. We invite you to purchase single tickets for screenings and multi-screening passes.


See you at the movies!


The debate " Belarus: the landscape after the battle.” was prepared as part of the project, which is supported by the European Union under the European Parliament's communications grant programme.

The European Parliament was not involved in the preparation of the debate; the information forwarded is not binding on the European Parliament and it accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever with regard to the information and positions expressed within the framework of the project, which, in accordance with the applicable rules, rests solely with the authors, interviewers, editors or broadcasters of the programme. The European Parliament shall also not be held liable for direct or indirect damage which may result from the project.