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Film Series: Compulsory Figures

This December is a busy month: UK elections, the winter holidays as well as International Migrants Day. We believe this day is a very important occasion to appreciate and celebrate the people who make a new home in a foreign place, their journeys, stories and courage. Join us on Wednesday, 18 December, from 6pm at CCA for the Scottish premiere of Compulsory Figures, a documentary by Ewa Kochańska that focuses on the hopes and dreams of a family who left Ukraine for Poland.

Compulsory Figures

Documentary: Poland (2018)

Director: Ewa Kochańska

Running time: 72 mins

Languages: Ukrainian, Polish, Russian, English with English subtitles

Julia Polniuk trains figure skating – and there is not much time left for her to succeed in sports and to meet her family’s expectations. After the Euromaidan Revolution, the Polniuk family moved from Ukraine to Poland. Now they begin a brand new life in Warsaw without good jobs or money. Julia‘s mother Marina has only one goal in mind: to offer her children a better life. This year, Julia has the opportunity to take part in the Polish Figure Skating Championships. This could bring her fame and success, and maybe even help the whole family to obtain Polish citizenship. But can a child spread its wings and fly with such a burden on its shoulders?

The screening will be followed by a conversation with Paulina Trevena, Affiliate Researcher in Central & East European Studies at the University of Glasgow.

Doors open at 5.45pm for a 6pm start.

Screenings are free and welcome to all. To guarantee a place please come early, as seats are allocated on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.

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