Fresh university graduates, Asia and Marek bought an old house near the eastern border of Poland, in the Białowieża Forest, the oldest forest of Europe. This is their own paradise – a place where their children can grow up safely, away from the problems of today’s world. For Marysia, Ignacy and Franek the forest is their second home, tamed and trusted. Yet one day, their forest changes as strangers and others show up. Refugees, welcome neither in Poland nor in Belarus. The whole family helps refugees, even though it’s against Polish law. But how can you not help another person in need? The children’s world changes radically. They no longer play a knight and a princess, but a refugee and border guards. (Polish Docs)

Director's Filmography (Selection)
Forest (2024, doc) - Pisklaki (Fledglings, 2022, doc) - Newborn (2018, doc) - Wszystko jest możliwe (Everything Is Possible, 2013, doc) - Uwiklani (Entangled, 2012, doc)
Competition Documentary 2024
Lidia Duda
Poland / Czech Republic 2024
84 minutes
Polish / English
OV with English subtitles

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Screenplay Lidia Duda
Cinematography Zuzanna Zachara-Hassairi
Editing Lidia Duda, Filip Stanisławski
Sound/Sounddesign Pavel Rejholec, Krzysztof Ridan
Producer(s) Patryk Sielecki, Michał Ostatkiewicz, Aleksandra Ostatkiewicz, Michal Sikora, Anna Bławut Mazurkiewicz, Lidia Duda
Lumisenta Film Foundation, Lonely Production
World Sales
Rise and Shine
Austrian Premiere
World Premiere
Thessaloniki Documentary Festival 2023