Polish Documentary School


Yerevan 12-15 September 2013

Participants: Jacek Bławut, Victoria Ogneva.

Before the workshop at the Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinema some meetings took place with our tutor, Jacek Blawut and Victoria Ogneva, the production manager, involving over twenty students from the school. For three days film screenings, conversations about the Polish documentary film school and discussion on subjects which might become the basis for a future film collaboration about Yerevan took place under the watchful eye and care of our Armenian hosts: the institute’s Rector Armen Mazmanyan and his assistant Anahit Khachatryan. We showed the students films about Kiev, Moscow and Tokyo, and also documentary films by the tutors: Jacek Blawut, Marcel Lozinski, and young Polish documentary film makers, including Paweł Ziemilski. There were questions about the creative methods of the Polish documentary makers and the production principles underpinning the project “The World from Dawn till Dusk”. After this warm-up lasting several days the students had engendered so much motivation about making a film about their city that when the actual workshop with the Polish team began, the students threw themselves into the work with great enthusiasm.