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At the Kraków film festival, documentary is thriving

1 June 2011 1:18 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The short-film showcase proves that Polish documentaries are in rude health as film-makers explore their own history

Recently on this site, Mark Lawson questioned the health of the documentary, hoping that "traditional observational or historical documentaries still exist". In the former eastern bloc countries, where metaphorical writing was the only way of bamboozling the censors, the genre is not just existing, but thriving, for now there is the opportunity (and information) to tell it as it is, and was. In doing so, the documentary form is being revitalised.

Last week, the 51st Kraków film festival, devoted entirely to short films and documentaries, screened 223 films, including 132 documentaries. Hosted in the beautiful Polish city, the festival was staged in four cinemas themselves revealing something of the country's history: the Kino Pod Baranami, which won the 2009 best programming award (Europa cinemas) and is housed in the upper floors of a gothic palace in »

- James Hopkin

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