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There Is Nothing To Be Afraid

Małgorzata Szumowska
A czego się tu bać
Poland 2006 / 38’

The documentary Nothing To Be Afraid challenges the subject of death, which remains one of the most tabooed topics of the contemporary world. Polish countryside still cherishes rituals and beliefs about death, the deceased and the funeral. Several rather strange rituals concerning these events are held. For the process of dying, the details of the corpse, and death in general are just another part of their reality. The film approaches the subject in a seemingly perverse way, bordering on black humour, which aside with the very modest - almost ascetical - use of means of expression, are perhaps the most original elements of the film.

Małgorzata Szumowska born in 1973 in Kraków, graduated from Film Academy in Lodz. She made several documentary films. She is a "person to watch" of Time magazine. In June 2001 she was nominated for Sundance/NHK International Filmmakers Award. In 2001 she became a member of European Film Academy.

Filmography:

2000 Szczęśliwy człowiek / Happy Man

2004 Ono

2005 Ojciec (nowela w filmie Solidarność, Solidarność)

2007 A czego tu się bać / There Is Nothing to Be Afraid

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