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Film Series: Papusza (2013)

This month is World Day of Social Justice, and to mark this event, we are very excited to introduce the award winning film PAPUSZA.


This stunning film by Joanna Kos-Krauze & Krzysztof Krauze will be screened mostly in Roma language, with English subtitles, at the CCA on Wednesday 18th February at 6pm.

Papusza is based on the true story of the Roma poet Bronisława Wajs (1908-1987). The film follows Papusza’s life from birth to old age: arranged marriage as a small girl, her life in a gypsy tabor before, during and after second world war, then forced settlement in communist Poland and urban life in poverty. Her meeting with the Polish poet Jerzy Ficowski, who discovered her great talent for poetry and published her works led to a tragic paradox: a famous poet was living in poverty, rejected by the Roma community for betraying their secrets.

With beautiful monochrome photography, the film gives insight into the Roma way of life, soon to be swept away by WWII and the following communist regime. Speaking mostly in Roma language, the ensemble of actors includes mostly non-professionals from Roma families.

Check out the trailer…

Papusza by Joanna Kos-Krauze & Krzysztof Krauze from New Europe Film Sales on Vimeo.

To watch Joanna Kos-Krauze talking about the development of the film go here.

The critics have said:

‘Polish husband-and-wife duo transform the troubled life of a celebrated Gypsy poet into a ravishing visual poem’.

– Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

‘Some of the most spectacular black and white camera work in recent years’.

– Dan Fainaru, Screen International


Doors open at 5.30pm. Screenings start at 6.00pm.

As usual, screenings are free and welcome to all (age restrictions apply) To guarantee a seat, tickets can be booked by visiting the CCA website or by calling +44 (0)141 352 4900.

Tickets must be collected from the CCA Box Office by 5.45pm, otherwise they will be released back into the system.


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