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Grupą docelową są młodzi ludzie w wieku 18 - 30 lat.
W ramach Wolontariatu Europejskiego młodzież:
- pomaga przy realizacji projektów na rzecz społeczności lokalnej; dotyczą one zagadnień: środowisko naturalne, kultura i sztuka, zajęcia z dziećmi, młodzieżą i ludźmi starszymi, działania przeciwko rasizmowi, ksenofobii, narkomanii, informacja europejska, sport i rekreacja, bezrobocie i inne;
- poznaje inną kulturę i język;
- zyskuje nowe doświadczenia oraz nawiązuje międzynarodowe znajomości.
Działania wolontariuszy nie przynoszą zysku i nie stanowią zastępstwa pracy etatowej.
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POLISH CULTURE FOR BEGINNERS
Discovering Polish culture at Mediateka
by Clémentine, our EVS Volunteer
Step 1: Polish literature
Living abroad means discovering another culture: you get in touch with a new language, with people with different histories and a whole new cultural world opens to you. But sometimes the language barrier can prevent you from learning as much as you want to, especially when it comes to literature. The Mediateka is here to help you access some of the most famous Polish authors. We offer you a wide range of books in other languages in our „literature in foreign languages” section: among them, some of the most important books of Polish literature.
For anyone who wants to discover Polish literature and learn more about the story of Wroclaw, Marek Krajewski’s books are unavoidable. Marek Krajewski is a Wroclaw–born crime writer and a linguist who received many important awards for his literary work. He is best known for his series of 9 novels about the ambiguous policeman Eberhard Mock, which was translated into 18 languages. You can find some books of this series in English, German and Italian sections of the Mediateka. Not only Krajewski makes the reader dive into a dark and thrilling atmosphere, but he also perfectly depicts the city of Breslau (before it became Wroclaw) and the rise of Nazism there. If you want to learn more about the story of the city while enjoying a good crime story, Krajewski’s work is perfect for you!
English–speaking readers can find Death in Breslau at Mediateka. German–speaking readers will enjoy Gespenster in Breslau, Der Kalenderblattmörder, Pest in Breslau. As for Italian–speaking readers, they can find Fortezza Breslavia and Morte a Breslau.
Another emblematic Polish author is Ryszard Kapuściński. He was a writer, journalist, photographer and a poet. He received many awards for his work and was even considered as candidate for the Nobel Prize for Literature. Kapuściński traveled a lot for reporting purposes, especially throughout Africa, wrote travelogues and traveling reportages. His work is recognised all around the world by both journalists and writers for his journalistic researches and his writing techniques.
English-speaking readers can find Imperium: Kapuściński relates his travels to the Soviet Union and his relationship with this country.
French–speaking readers can discover Ébène in which the journalist tells about the 40 years during which he traveled through the African continent.
And Italian–speakers can read In viaggio con Erodoto. The writer mixes his own travel experiences with thoughts about Herodotus’ The Histories, which is at the same time his companion and his guide.
English–speakers can also discover the great Olga Tokarczuk with Flights. She is an important author, psychologist, activist and intellectual who won several prizes, including the Nike Award twice. At Mediateka, you can find Flights, awarded by the Man Booker International Prize in 2018. This fragmentary novel sets between the 17th and 21st centuries and is divided in 116 short pieces telling various stories, some of them being real and others fictional.
And last but not least, English-speaking readers can enjoy reading 3 books of The Witcher series written by Andrzej Sapkowski: Baptism of fire, Time of contempt and The last wish. The story takes place in the Continent and features monsters hunters called witchers, and among them the main character Geralt of Rivia. Sapkowski is a very famous Polish fantasy author whose work has become renowned as it was adapted into video games by the Polish game developer CD Projekt. The Witcher is an important part of modern culture in Poland since it put an international spotlight on the country, its art, its history and its place in the pop culture. Sapkowski received several awards from Polish fandom and even became an honorary citizen of Łódź, his birthplace. Reading his books is thus mandatory for whomever is interested in fantasy...
Below is a list of the other Polish books you can find translated into English, German and Italian.
- English section
Isaac Bashevis Singer The Magician of Lublin
Paweł Huelle The Last Supper
Andrzej Stasiuk Dukla
Michał Witkowski Lovetown
- German section
Maria Nurowska Briefe der Liebe
- Italian section
Witold Gombrowicz Pornografia
And for those who are interested in learning more about Polish myths while learning/improving their Polish skills, the bilingual book (English-Polish) Legendy Polskie - Polish legends is at your disposal! Yes, it is originally a book for children but the language being within the reach, it is a great tool to learn Polish while discovering a new aspect of the country’s culture.
Step 2: Polish cinema
If someone asks you if you love cinema, you will probably say yes. But if someone asks you about POLISH cinema, what would your answer be? „I don’t know”, right? It is such a shame that foreign people usually do not know much about it, especially since Polish inventors actually contributed to the birth of cinema during the 19th century. Indeed, Piotr Lebiedziński developed in 1893, two years before the Lumière brothers, a device that could record short films — unfortunately, it was never used on a large scale due to technical problems. And in 1897, the „Polish Edison” Jan Szczepanik invented the „telectroscope”, a prototype for a device supposed to transmit both images and sounds through electricity. It’s also worth mentioning that several great American producers were actually Polish immigrants, such as Sam Goldwyn (Samuel Geldfisz) who created Goldwyn Productions or the four Wonsal brothers who have funded the iconic Warner Bros. With such a background, it seems obvious that cinema is a huge part of Polish culture...
So don’t worry, Mediateka is here to help you fill this gap of your artistic knowledge. As you may have seen if you visit us from time to time, there is a huge variety of movies which you can borrow, including some of the most significant ones for Poland. In this article we are going to introduce you to iconic filmmakers and movies you can find at Mediateka. And it goes without saying that we advise you to watch them in their original version in order to enjoy them at their fullest (and maybe even learn some Polish at the same time).
- The first director you need to know is Andrzej Wajda, for he is seen as the most important filmmaker from his time. Through his movies he stands up again socialist realism, and thus the soviet regime, often talks about the opposition between individual desires and political commitment, and questions Polish national identity. He’s received many awards including a Palme d’Or and a Honorary Oscar, a Golden Lion and a Golden Bear.
Here is a list of his movies you can find at Mediateka:
Kronika wypadków miłosnych 2014
Bigda idzie! 2008
Noc listopadowa 2007
Niewinni czarodzieje 2006
- The second director that we are going to introduce to you is surely the first one you think about when you hear about Polish cinema. Yes, Roman Polański. He started his career as an actor and was actually discovered in a movie directed by Wajda (in Pokolenie). He is now one of the most famous Polish directors and even if he is also known for the scandals and the dramas that marked his life, his art is recognized and awarded worldwide. One of the things that makes him special is his ability to change genres and his mastering of languages which enabled him to work not only in Poland but also in France, in the United States, England etc. Moreover, he is known to make actors show a whole new side of them.
Here is a list of his movies you can find at Mediateka:
Prawdziwa historia / D'après une histoire vraie 2018
Wenus w futrze / La Vénus à la fourrure 2014
Rzeź / Carnage 2012
Matnia / Cul–de–sac 2010
Wstręt / Repulsion 2010
Autor Widmo / The Ghost Writer 2010
Lokator / The Tenant 2010
Nieustraszeni pogromcy wampirów / The Fearless Vampire Killers 1966
- Even if only two of her movies are available at Mediateka, Agnieszka Holland is worth to be mentioned. Indeed, she belongs to the list of significant Polish directors since she is one of the few to work internationally. She started as an assistant, among others, to Wajda. She moved out of Poland and, after the implementation of martial law, she stayed abroad and started working in France, in Germany and in the United States. Her filmography is very vast and because of her versatility, she is not associated with a particular style or genre.
Here are her movies you can discover:
Tajemniczy ogród 1993
Pokot is actually based on the novel Flights by Olga Tolkaczurk, which was mentioned in the first article about literature.
- Krzysztof Kieślowski is a director you cannot miss either. He started out making documentaries aimed at denouncing the problems faced by Polish contemporary society before evolving towards fiction. Even in his fictional movies, Kieślowski kept the same motivations at heart and continued criticizing implicitly the communist regime. After the end of communism, he worked with more freedom and internationally, gaining more and more recognition. His most famous works, the Decalogue (Dekalog) and the Polish–French Three Colors (Trzy Kolory) trilogy, are mandatory steps for any cinephile. Years after his death, he is considered as one of the most influential directors of his time and his art is still studied at universities.
Here are the films of Kieślowski you can find at Mediateka:
Krótki film o miłości 1988
Podwójne życie Weroniki / I’m soso 1991
Trzy kolory: czerwony 1994
Of course, Polish cinema is not limited and determined by these three directors and there are so many others for you to discover. Making international movies is thus a proof of success, but there are also many talented Polish people who worked only inside the country and who, as cinephile, you should know.
Hereunder is the list of movies made by various directors that you need to know if you are interested in going deeper in the Polish cinema. The must-watch movies are written in red.
Zmruż oczy 2002
Pewnego razu w listopadzie 2017
Jan Jakub Kolski
Zabić bobra 2012
Nic śmiesznego 1995
Dzień świra 2002
Wszyscy jesteśmy Chrystusami 2006
Dziewczyna z szafy 2013
Człowiek z magicznym pudełkiem 2017
Krzysztof Krauze + Joanna Kos-Krauze
Ptaki śpiewają w Kigali 2017
Pani z przedszkola 2014
Zaklęte rewiry 1975
Excentrycy czyli Po słonecznej stronie ulicy 2015
Ewangelia według Harry’ego 1994
Pokój saren 1997
Ogród rozkoszy ziemskich 2004
Młyn i krzyż 2011
Zezowate szczęście 1960
Demony wojny wg Goi 1998
Zimna wojna 2018
Chce się żyć 2013
Jestem mordercą 2016
Dom zły 2009
Pod Mocnym Aniołem 2014
Essential killing 2010
11 Minut 2015
33 sceny z życia 2008
Sponsoring / Elles 2012
W imię 2013
Ciało / Body 2015
W sypialni 2012
Zjednoczone stany miłości 2016
Obce ciało 2015
- check Kino Nowe Horyzonty’s website (https://www.kinonh.pl/). They have a programme called Polish cinema for beginners that allows you to watch Polish movies with English subtitles. They focus on a particular topic and offer you to discover various movies from different periods and various directors related to that subject.
- if you can speak at least a bit Polish, take a look at our book section number 791.4 dedicated to cinema. You will find many interesting books about particular directors or more generally about Polish movies.