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Polish Filmmakers NYC Invites NYWIFT Members to a Free Screening of Documentaries by Maciej Cuske

NYWIFT Members are invited to a New York screening of two documentaries by well-known Polish documentary filmmaker Maciej Cuske. 

The featured work, Remember the Sabbath Day,  was made as a part of a larger project, Decalogue… After the Decalogue, which examined ways in which Polish religious beliefs and practices have changed in the new century. Cuske focuses on his own family, presenting a funny and poignant portrait of his eight year-old son Staś, who is about to make his first communion. The boy is skeptical of the white wafer turning into the body of Christ, and we observe his long and grueling preparation to receive the holiest of Catholic sacraments. Shot in a deliberately hasty, home video style, Remember the Sabbath Day is rough at the edges as it poses its bold and relentless questions. By portraying the three generations of the Cuske family – with the director’s own parents criticizing their son’s largely secular worldview – the 44-minute film offers a unique glimpse into the clash of modernity and tradition that defines the Polish experience of the past two decades.

Among the many awards it received, Remember the Sabbath Day was named the best documentary at the Kraków Film Festival in 2008. It also won the Ryszard Kapuściński Award at the Camera Obscura Festival in Bydgoszcz in the same year.

Followed by a Q&A with director Maciej Cuske 

Maciej Cuske
remains one of the key voices in contemporary Polish documentary filmmaking. Born in the city of Bydgoszcz in 1972, Cuske graduated from the Andrzej Wajda Filmmaking School in Warsaw. For the past decade, he has been a patient and sympathetic chronicler of Polish everyday life, as well as a keen observer of the country’s struggle with modernity and its own convoluted history.

We thank our sponsors: Polish Film Institute, Adam M. Bak Foundation, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Power Fresh, InterCity, and Metropolis Artists Agency. We also thank Polish Cultural Institute and New York Women in Film & Television for their support.

To register for both films, visit www.polishfilmmakers.eventbrite.com. Email any questions to polishfilmmakers@gmail.com.

Registration is free to NYWIFT Members at www.polishfilmmakers.eventbrite.com.

Thursday, September 26th
7:45 p.m. 

Where: Tribeca Film Center
375 Greenwich Street (between N. Moore and Franklin)

We thank our sponsors: Polish Film Institute, Adam M. Bak Foundation, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Power Fresh, InterCity, and Metropolis Artists Agency. We also thank Polish Cultural Institute and New York Women in Film & Television for their support. 





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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts