Short Films about Hate + panel discussion
December 4, 14:00
University Center of Culture, 1N Ciołkowskiego St.
ŻUBROFFKA is a cinematic celebration. We want to enjoy and experience it with you all – both the creators and the viewers. We can’t, however, walk idly by violence, pervasive hate speech, lack of tolerance or racism. The events which took place in Białystok in July of this year touched us deeply. For that reason we have prepared a special program dealing with various types of violence and hate. But if we’re going to talk about all that we want to do it with film.
The program varies in regard to subject matter and style. It includes movies about school bullying, a street lynching, neighborhood violence and a documentary recording of a demonstration which is a portrait of the conflict between two powers currently opposing each other in our nation. It also contains an Oscar-winning film about racism and Romain Garvas’ music video of the song M.I.A which deals with the consequences of that phenomenon and with the fact that each one of us can become a victim too, regardless of where we come from or the color of our skin.
The movies describe varying types of violence and hate, at times completely dissimilar. Although their sources are the same, all the movies show certain mechanisms impacting verbal or physical violence. Ultimately, we all know that violence begets violence but we reject any form of hate, intolerance, racism or xenophobia!
Curator: Maks Piłasewicz
Rapaz, Felipe Gálvez, Chile 2018, 13’
Soft, Simon Ellis, UK 2007, 14’
Mój kraj, taki piękny, Grzegorz Paprzycki, Poland 2019, 29’
Vanheder, Stephane Mounkassa & Stefan Sundin, Sweden 2019, 6’
Skin, Guy Nattiv, USA 2018, 21’
M.I.A.: Born Free, Romain Gavras, USA 2010, 9’
Hate and violence are a part of the universal baggage of human experience. It is difficult to imagine a person who has never in their life encountered some form of violence. We see it in various forms in our homes, schools, places of work, on the streets or in social media. We become the victims, witnesses or even culprits.
What’s more, it’s possible to get the impression that the amount of hate and violence around us is growing. It seems that in these times, characterized by clear political, economic and cultural tensions, we are dealing with the escalation of violence and hate in respect to all kinds of “Others” (of different gender, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, race and so on). Are we powerless against this wave? Can we do anything to oppose it?
We would like for the special program “Short films about hate” to become a starting point for an in-depth reflection on violence and hate in the present-day world and especially in our closest surroundings. The discussion panel accompanying the program will aim to relate to the presented in the films issues and to look at them from varying perspectives. The discussion will be joined by, among others, social researchers, psychotherapists or social activists whose experience with violence and hate are both varied and complex. Their shared voices will create an important post scriptum to this particular set of films.
Host: Maciej Białous PhD
Małgorzata Linkiewicz (social activist)
Urszula Bielecka PhD (psychotherapist)
Mikołaj Winiewski PhD (Center for Research on Prejudice)