April 9-14, 2022
Forum cinema, 5 Legionowa Street
tickets: 18/16 PLN, available at the Forum cinema’s box office (5 Legionowa Street), Ludwik Zamenhof Centre’s box office (19 Warszawska Street) and on bilety.bok.bialystok.pl
18:15 A Son
A 10-year-old boy is accidentally shot while on holiday. He needs a liver transplant as soon as possible. Tests needed for the surgery lead to the discovery of a long-buried family secret that will change their lives.
18:30 Once Upon a Time in Uganda
In the slums of Wakaliga on the outskirts of Kampala lies Wakaliwood, Uganda’s first action film production company. It was established in 2005 by Isaac Nabwana, who serves as Wakaliwood’s writer, director, editor and producer. Due to a lack of funds, productions are low-budget and everything is created on a DIY basis. When in 2012, New Yorker Alan Hofmanis, fascinated by the Wakaliwood productions, joined the crew, together with the rest of the team they managed to promote this unique cinema world to all corners of the Earth. In her documentary, Cathryne Czubeck gives a brilliant portrayal of the history and phenomenon of Wakaliwood, as well as introducing its creator, a man of extraordinary imagination, passion, sensitivity and creativity.
The year is 1981 and South Africa’s white minority government is embroiled in a conflict on the southern Angolan border. Like all white boys over the age of 16, Nicholas Van der Swart must complete two years of compulsory military service to defend the apartheid regime. The threat of communism and “die swart gevaar” (the so-called black danger) is at an all-time high. But that’s not the only danger Nicholas faces. He must survive the brutality of the army – something that becomes even more difficult when a connection is sparked between him and a fellow recruit.
18:30 Stop Filming Us
Goma is a city in northeastern Congo, bordering Rwanda, located on Lake Kivu, near Nyiragongo Volcano and the Virunga National Park. It has been an area of conflict and war since the 1990s, with nearly 250 international humanitarian agencies and aid organizations stationed there at its peak. The vast majority of the accounts and photos we know come from foreign sources and portray Goma and its people in a particular, one-sided way. In his documentary, Joris Postema confronts local artists and the Congolese part of his film crew, showing not only the differences in the perception of Africa between foreigners and the locals as manifestations of contemporary neo-colonialism, but also questions the ethics and responsibility of Western filmmakers and journalists shooting on the continent.