Pawel Ziemilski
Director Pawel Ziemilski
Producer Lukasz Dlugolecki, Haukur M. Hrafnsson – NUR; Join Motion Pictures, TVP, MX35, Oxymoron, Widok
Camera Filip Drozdz, Asta Julia Gudjonsdottir
Editor Dorota Wardeszkiewicz
Sound Pawel Szygendowski
Music Arni Valur Kristinsson, Martina Bertoni
Year 2018
Length 60 min
Country Poland/Iceland
Subtitles English
Section Documentaries Open Debates / Focus: Cinema by Migrants, Cinema on Migrants
Screening Saturday 9 November | 14:30 hours | Theater en Filmuis Dakota

A moving story of immigration, the hopes of those left behind and the desires of others who chose to leave their country. Winner of the Special Jury Award for Mid-Length Documentary at IDFA 2018!


The village Stare Juchy, which means in Polish Old Blood, is located in Masuria, area often referred as “The Land of Thousand Lakes”. Most of the inhabitants have emigrated to Iceland since the 80s and nobody has returned. Those who stayed behind, most of them elderly, hope to see them back. Now, their children and grandchildren have a different destiny away from Poland, and the only way to keep a relationship is… Skype.

Festivals & Awards (selection)

IDFA, 2018 – Special Jury Award for Mid-Length Documentary (World Premiere) | Millennium Docs Against Gravity, Poland 2019 | Thessaloniki Film Festival, 2019 – Human Values Award | One World, International Human Rights Documentary FF, Czech Republic, 2019 | Pärnu Film Festival, Estonia, 2019 | Flahertiana IDFF, Russia 2019 | Krakow Film Festival, 2019 | Skjaldborg, Icelandic Documentary Film Festival, 2019 – Jury Award

Director's bio

Pawel Ziemilski graduated from Łódź National Film School and Wajda School in Warsaw. Short documentary and fiction films he made so far received wide publicity at numerous film festivals around the world and got many prestigious awards. Apart from directing, Ziemilski is also involved in social animation, organizing workshops for so-called troubled youth. Filmography: Rogalik, 2012, documentary | Urban Cowboys, 2016, documentary | In Touch, 2018, documentary