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6th DMZ Docs(2014)

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Leaders

Paweł FERDEK

  • Poland
  • 2013
  • 49min
  • HD
  • color

Synopsis

Leaders is a children’s political thriller. Students of a primary school are candidates for the students’ council. Their battle for the leadership triggers off great emotions. That election campaign shows, like in a distorting mirror, the world of a big politics. What kind of a democratic pattern do those children know? What the public life would be in several next years when the youngest generation came to power? We observe the campaign of our four main characters. They differ in everything: the social status, the style of the fight, the motivation. Marcel, Kais, Helena and Filip have one common aim: power and a high place in the school hierarchy. At the beginning, it seems a children’s play, but it quickly changes into a serious social game. Winning the election is a matter of honor and approval. For some of them it means “to be or not to be” in the society. The children try very hard to be adults. You may treat their actions, slogans and speeches as a grotesque. But the results of the election don’t evoke laughter. When children play real politics and the election is coming, the whole school fires with emotions. It seems that we observe the politics of adults in a grotesque and distorting mirror. A difference is that children say what they really think.

Review

Director

  • Paweł FERDEK

    A director, screenwriter and actor. He is a graduate of European film program EKRAN in Andrzej Wajda Master School, Warsaw University’s Institute of International Relations and Academy of GARDZIENICE Theatre Company. He shot documentary films in Poland, Israel, Palestine, Kyrgyzstan, China. With his Glass Trap nominated for an EFA Award, he is a member of European Film Academy. His feature fiction film Ki was selected for the Venice Film Festival 2011. He is working for cinema and TV. Leaders (2013)​ 

Credit

  • ProducerWojciech SZCZUDLO

Contact

Contact   Film Studio Kalejdoskop

Tel  48 22 8511779

E-mail  szczudlo@kalejdoskop.art.pl​