Organizer:

Helsińska Fundacja Praw Człowieka

Co-organizers:

Centre for Contemporary Art Dom Kultury Sródmiescie Luna Cinema Spoleczny Instytut Filmowy

Sponsors:

Open Society Institute
Open Society Institut

MAArt

Ambasada Brytyjska

Ambasada Francji

Ambasada Kanady

Ambasada Królestwa Niderlandów
Royal Netherlands Embassy

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Seb logo

Winkowski

DHL

Media patrons:

TVP 1

PLANETE

KINO

Tygodnik Powszechny

Gazeta Wyborcza

Radio BIS

Stopklatka

POLIS

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festival prize


The Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights
has awarded the Festival Prize
for exceptional achievements
in portraying human rights in film to
MACIEJ DRYGAS 
 

MaciejDrygasMaciej Drygas, one of the most outstanding Polish documentary filmmakers, was born in ŁódŸ in 1956. He graduated from the famous WGIK Moscow film school with a degree in directing. Apart from being a documentary filmmaker, he is also a scriptwriter and radio director. His documentary art is a triumph in the search for truth with a veritable moral passion and profound sensitivity along with rare technical perfection. The film “Hear My Cry,” about Ryszard Siwiec’s self-immolation, has been awarded the Felix Prize. In “The State of Weightlessness,” Drygas paints the pieces of the Soviet shattered dream to conquer space, in “The Voice of Hope” he pays homage to the Radio Free Europe’s Polish Service, and in his most recent “A Day in the People’s Republic of Poland” he presents a grotesque and grim picture of everday life in the totalitarian state. In all of his films, Drygas is an emotional, albeit not effusive defender of the individual lost against the powers that threaten him, especially that of totalitarian rule.