Bialystok Cultural Centre invites to 16th edition of ¿UNDERGROUND/INDEPENDENT?. As a part of our event we always present original, energetic authors, interesting works of art and film and original music groups as well.

SEARCHING FOR HELL dir. Pawel Nazaruk, Tomasz Adamski, Darek Barecki, James Kenney, Gloria Kurnik, Yuki Nakamura.
Searching for Hell starts out as a quest to discover the truth behind the story of digging a hole to Hell, the deepest bore bole in the world in Siberia in the 1980s. Five film-making teams embark on a journey to tell the personal and creative stories of people inhabiting contemporary Hell all over the world.The township-turned- theme-park of Hell in Michigan, a house converted into a morbid vision of Buddhist Hell in Japan, a deadly sulfur lake in Indonesia, and dark present-day Congo. They are all doors to Hell. This creative and original feature documentary-Searching for Hell-will walk you through those doors examining Hell’s geographical, cultural and social realities. Hell exists. It’s just not what you think it is.(www.imdb.com)
Meeting with Paweł Nazaruk and Tomasz Adamski and video discussion with authors of the film from different countries.
The discussion will be led by Piotr Doliński.

BIKES vs CARS dir. Fredrik Gertten
The bicycle, an amazing tool for change. Activists and cities all over the world are moving towards a new system. But will the economic powers allow it? Bikes vs Cars, a new film project from BANANAS!* and Big Boys Gone Bananas!* director Fredrik Gertten, looks into and investigates the daily global drama in traffic around the world. (www.bikes-vs-cars.com)
Lecture: Karol Mocniak (Rowerowy Białystok).

Turkey in the 1960s and 70s was one of the biggest producers of film in the world even though its film industry did not have enough written material to start with. In order to keep up with the demand, screenwriters and directors were copying scripts and remaking movies from all over the world. Name any Western hit film, there is a Turkish version to it, be it Tarzan, Dracula, The Wizard of Oz, The Exorcist, Rambo, Superman or Star Trek. These quickly and low budget produced lookalike movies were adapted to the taste of local audiences with huge success in the Anatolian hinterland. What they lacked in equipment and budget they compensated through excessive use of manpower both behind and in front of the camera. (www.imdb.com)
Video discussion with director Cem Kaya. Lead by Piotr Doliński.

THE SINGING NAPKIN dir. Mariusz Grzegorzek
THE SINGING NAPKIN is the first full-length feature film in art school history which is also the diploma of fourth-year acting students from the POLISH NATIONAL FILM SCHOOL IN LODZ. The film’s director, who is the rector of the School, Mariusz GRZEGORZEK created with young actors a beautiful, moving and ambiguous film. WHAT DOES THE NAPKIN SING ABOUT? ABOUT COURAGE – the young actors were not afraid of restrictions, they told their stories from their hearts – stories which tried to be both authentic and wise as well as crazy and silly. ABOUT ASKING QUESTIONS, IN ORDER TO TOUCH MYSELF IN ORDER TO TOUCH YOU. (www.imdb.com)
Meeting with actors: Kaja Walden, Mikołaj Chroboczek and Miłosz Karbownik. Lead: Piotr Doliński

FRESH DRESSED dir. Sasha Jenkins
Fresh Dressed chronicles the history of Hip-Hop <> Urban fashion and its rise from southern cotton plantations to the gangs of 1970s in the South Bronx, to corporate America, and everywhere in-between. Supported by rich archival materials and in depth interviews with individuals crucial to the evolution of a way of life–and the outsiders who studied and admired them–Fresh Dressed goes to the core of where style was born on the black and brown side of town. (www.imdb.com)
Lecture: Szymon EsDwa Kubas – DJ, sound engineer, promoter of hip-hop culture.

THAT SUGAR FILM dir. Damon Gameau
That Sugar Film is one man’s journey to discover the bitter truth about sugar. Damon Gameau embarks on a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body, consuming only foods that are commonly perceived as ‘healthy’. Through this entertaining and informative journey, Damon highlights some of the issues that plague the sugar industry, and where sugar lurks on supermarket shelves. THAT SUGAR FILM will forever change the way you think about ‘healthy’ food. (http://thatsugarfilm.com)
Lecture: Marta Kownierowicz – dietician, enthusiasts of Kitchen experiments and healthly food.

OPTIMISTENE dir. Gunhild Westhagen Magnor
A documentary about an unusual volleyball team in Hamar, Norway, with ladies aged from 66 to 98. Now they are up for their first match, after 30 years of training. (www.imdb.com)
Lecture: Stenia Romanowicz – journalist of the www.senior.bialystok.pl, fun of Esperanto language and old Bialystok.

JUST EAT IT dir. Grant Baldwin
We all love food. As a society, we devour countless cooking shows, culinary magazines and foodie blogs. So how could we possibly be throwing nearly 50% of it in the trash? Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on discarded food. What they find is truly shocking. (www.imdb.com)
Lecture: Magda and Adam Gendźwiłł – blogers (www.crustanddust.pl), lover of kitchen and healthly food.

What is it about Icelandic culture that produces such a rich vein of music? Tónlist features Icelandic musicians, music industry experts, journalists – while utilising the breathtaking scenery from across the island for some truly stunning visuals that are heavily prominent in the doc. Volcanoes from the air, record stores, waterfalls, hotdog stands, glaciers and magnificent beards.Prominent Icelandic musician’s such as Ólafur Arnalds, Ásgeir, Snorri Helgason, Múm, and Ólöf Arnalds are present to perform unique live performances in stunning locations and provide a greater insight into the ethos and character of Icelandic music. The doc of course boasts a gorgeous soundtrack consisting purely of music from Icelanders. (www.imdb.com)
Discussion: „Why Białystok can not be a second Iceland?” – lead: Andrzej Bajguz

– exhibition „U MNIE WSZYSTKO W PORZĄDKU” by Agnieszka Szczepaniak in Forum foyer (pseudonym papla lala)
– exhibition of comic books and illustration- „SZLAM 2” by Łukasz Kowalczuk in Fama Club


Stara Rzeka is second (and last) album is entitled “Zamknęły się oczy ziemi”. It’s a music project of Kuba Ziołek (composer, multinstrumentalist and singer known from Innercity Ensemble, Alameda 3, Ed Wood, Hokei, T’ien Lai, Kapital). The artist intrested in fusion of nature and technique creates music using among others: quitars, effects, brass instruments and voice.

the band consists of: Adam Witkowski (drums, voice) and Maciej Salamon (guitar, voice). 01.01.2014 was released first album “Pańskie Wersety”, which became the first polish album of 2014. All edition (17 CDs) was sold out in few minutes.

kIRk is looking for new forms of expression at the crossroads of electronic and acoustic music. It is consists of three musicians: Paweł Bartnik (electronics), Olgierd Dokalski (trumpet) and Filip Kalinowski (turntable). Each of them grew up on other sounds so the best plane of understanding is improvisation. Progressive thinking and revolutionary approach intercity composition were appreciated by Swans leader – Michael Gira, the pioneer of future-jazz trumpet Nils Peter Molvaer and godmother of new sounds Mary Anne Hobbs.

Sasha Perera: DJs under the name Mother Perera is probably most known for her role as vocalist & songwriter in the Bass music – mongrel pop band Jahcoozi (she performed in Bialystok during ŻUBROFFKA Festival) . ‘Perera Elsewhere’ is the new solo project of the London-born, Berlin-based artist who helped to establish a foundation of Grime and Dubstep in Berlin with her series of Grimetime parties and radio show years back. Her work with Jahcoozi experimented with multiple textures of electronic music, collaborations with an wide array of artists including travels to Kenya to work with local MCs. The band have a tour calender that most would envy.

Inspired by the works of Julian Antonisz non camera workshop for children and young people lead by Monika Supruniuk.
Workshop / conversations about comic “Ink, sweat and tears”,lead by Łukasz Kowalczuk.
After each show we are planning meeting with authors and discussion lead by Andrzej Bajguz.


4 March

17:00 Forum Cinema, admission free
the opening of the exhibition „U MNIE WSZYSTKO W PORZĄDKU” by Agnieszka Szczepaniak

18:00 Forum Cinema, ticket 5 zł
SEARCHING FOR HELL, dir. Pawel Nazaruk, Tomasz Adamski, Darek Barecki, James Kenney, Gloria Kurnik, Yuki Nakamura, Poland, 2015, 77’

20:00 Fama Club, admission free
the opening of the comic exhibition “SZLAM 2” by Łukasz Kowalczuk

20:30 Fama Club, ticket 10 zł
concert: NAGROBKI (PL, alternative nekropolo)

5 March

13:00–15:00 Fama Club, admission free
Workshops / discussion about comic „Ink, sweat and tears” – lead by Łukasz Kowalczuk

16:30 Forum Cinema, ticket 5 zł
REMAKE REMIX RIP OFF dir. Cem Kaya, Germany/Turkey, 2014, 96’

18:30 Forum Cinema, ticket 5 zł
BIKES vs CARS dir. Fredrik Gertten, Sweden, 2015, 90’

20:30 Fama Club, ticket 15 zł
concert: kIRK (PL, electro-acoustic contact)

6 March

17:00 Forum Cinema, ticket 5 zł
THE SINGING NAPKIN dir. Mariusz Grzegorzek, Poland, 2015, 92’

19:00 Forum Cinema, ticket 5 zł
FRESH DRESSED dir. Sasha Jenkins, USA/France, 2014, 82’

11 March

18:00 Forum Cinema, ticket 5 zł
THAT SUGAR FILM dir. Damon Gameau, Australia, 2014, 90’

20:30 Fama Club, ticket 15 zł
concert: STARA RZEKA (PL)

12 March

17:00 Forum Cinema, ticket 5 zł
OPTIMISTENE dir. Gunhild Westhagen Magnor, Norway, 2013, 90’

19:00 Forum Cinema, ticket 5zł
JUST EAT IT dir. Grant Baldwin, Canada/USA/UK, 2014, 74’

20:30 Fama Club, ticket 15 zł
concert: PERERA ELSEWHERE (GER, doom folk)

13 March

11:00–15:00 Fama Club, ticket 5 zł
Non-camera workshops for children and young people will be lead by Paulina Haratyk (registration: dkf@bok.bialystok.pl)

18:00 Fama Club, ticket 5 zł
after party: TÓNLIST: ICELANDIC MUSIC DOCUMENTARY dir. Stephen Beaven, UK, 2014, 50’
discussion „Why Białystok cannot be a second Iceland?” will be lead by Andrzej Bajguz




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