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The  School, a World
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The School, a World

Szkoła, świat
Iga Łapińska
Poland
2023
45 min
World Premiere
IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling , IDFA DocLab: Phenomenal Friction
Synopsis

Chlebiotki is a small village in Poland where filmmaker Iga Łapińska grew up. She left, returned 20 years later, and saw how the village had changed. In her interactive web documentary you meet seven of the 60 current residents and a woman who left Chlebiotki long ago—Łapińska’s mother. They show you their world, often very intimately.

The map of the village gives access to stories of change. The history of the school alone is telling. Once built by 200 villagers, it was the pride of the community. But people moved away and often their houses remained empty. With too few children and too little money, the school had to close. The dilapidated building was purchased by Wojtek, a former pupil, but a new use for it has yet to be found. His wife Marzena now milks cows to pay off the loan.

There were also other facilities, such as a library, a health center, a fire brigade, an agricultural association. The church is still there, but it divides people rather than uniting them—the new priest has stirred up great conflict. Ula runs the only shop in the village: “I want to do something else, but I don’t know what.”

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Credits
45 min
color
Digital file
Spoken languages: English, Polish
Director
    Iga Łapińska
    Iga Łapińska
Production
    Katarzyna Boratyn for vnLab / Filmschool in Lodz,
    Krzysztof Pijarski for Visual Narratives Laboratory, Lodz Film School
    Katarzyna Boratyn for vnLab / Filmschool in Lodz,
    Krzysztof Pijarski for Visual Narratives Laboratory, Lodz Film School
Executive producer
    Iga Łapińska
    Iga Łapińska
Co-production
    Radosław Łapiński,
    Iga Łapińska
    Radosław Łapiński,
    Iga Łapińska
Key collaborator
    Ewa Jarosz
    Ewa Jarosz
Cinematography
    Magdalena Bojdo,
    Michał Łuka
    Magdalena Bojdo,
    Michał Łuka
Editing
    Iga Łapińska,
    Anna Łuka,
    Aga Borzym,
    Aniela Andrejczyk
    Iga Łapińska,
    Anna Łuka,
    Aga Borzym,
    Aniela Andrejczyk
Designer
    Paweł Brzeziński
    Paweł Brzeziński
Developer
    Roman Kühl
    Roman Kühl
Sound
    Anna Rok,
    Jacek Szczepanek
    Anna Rok,
    Jacek Szczepanek
Sound Design
    Jacek Szczepanek
    Jacek Szczepanek
Screenplay
    Iga Łapińska
    Iga Łapińska
Screening copy
    Anna Szylar for vnLab / Filmschool in Lodz
    Anna Szylar for vnLab / Filmschool in Lodz

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