Directed by Katarzyna Klimkiewicz; Poland, 2010; 30 min.
Moderated by Suzanna M. Crage, Professor of Department of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh. Polish food reception, compliments of S & D Polish Deli and Margaret's Fine Imports, to follow the screening.
Supported by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York.
“The film is built up on the basis of terrifying stories gathered from immigrants smuggled into Poland. These stories are similar to those endured by Poles seeking a better life in Western Europe. I thought about the fact that we are that better world now and we don't want to take notice of others who are in pursuit of it.” -Katarzyna Klimkiewicz, Director
2010 European Film Academy Award for Best Short Fiction, Estonia
2009 Special Jury Award, Polish Film Festival, Gdynia
2009 Special Mention for Actress Thu Ha Mai, Polish Film Festival, Gdynia
2010 Golden Angel, Shortcut Short Film Competition, Tofifest IFF, Poland
2010 Grand Prix at Quest Europe, ISFF, Poland
2010 Best Film in Young Filmmakers Section, Batumi Arthouse Film Festival, Georgia (US)
2010 Best Short Film, Young and the Cinema FF, Poland
2010 EY 2010 Special Award, Festival in Cottbus, Cottbus (Germany)
2010 Premier Premio, "Alcine" European Short Film Competition, (Spn)
2010 Ladies First Winner, Lady Filmmakers FF, Beverly Hills
Desperation is the breeding ground for some of humanity’'s darkest moments. Mai Anh is a young Vietnamese woman trying to move illegally to Warsaw with her family. However, her desire for a better life comes at a painful cost—she is smuggled across borders, cheated by immoral intermediaries, trailed by police, and forced into the hands of violent foreigners. After all of that, is it still worth it?
A graduate from the Polish Film School in Lodz, Katarzyna Klimkiewicz lives in Warsaw. She is an alumna of the Binger Film Lab in Amsterdam. Since 2000, she has collaborated with Polish National Television on many projects, including her documentary, Krystian Lupa’s Labyrinth. Her documentary Wasserschlacht: The Great Border Battle, co-directed with Andrew Friedman, was awarded the Berlin Today Award during Berlinale 2007. Her latest documentary, Nothing to Lose, premiered at the Jerusalem International Film Festival in July 2010. Hanoi-Warsaw/em> won first prize at script competition “Young Frames: Debutants” organized by Television Kino Polska and Special Jury Award at the Young Cinema Competition at the Polish Film Festival, Gdynia 2009.