4th DMZ Docs(2012)
I AM DOCU
Going in a hunger strike to prove innocence is pretty extreme and rare nowadays. On the 10th of September, Romanian immigrant Claudiu Crulic is accused of having stolen a wallet from an important Polish Judge. He had previously been accused of another theft. Crulic is brought to a prison in Krakow. He decided to start a hunger strike from the day he was arrested to claim his innocence. Acclaimed Polish director Anca Damian, who was fascinated by Crulic’s story, decided to use animated imagery to represent a dead person narrating his own story, not only as a device to carry the story, but also, more importantly, as a vehicle to give voice to emotion and suffering that would be unbearable in any other form. Remarkably, Crulic – The Path to Beyond includes complex feelings – not only crying but also laughing – East European humor, which works much stronger than crying alone. After being falsely accused, Crulic eventually dies in prison in the midst of a hunger strike. Damian challenges the documentary form and stuns with her cut-out animation in this memorable ﬁlm for a man who wanted to be heard and whose only weapon was his own body.
Born in Romania. Anca Damian studied at the Academy of Theatre and Film Arts in Cinematography and a Ph.D in Arts, Cinema and Media. Anca worked as a director of photography at two feature ﬁlms and shorts and documentaries and as a director, screenwriter and producer for several of award winning documentaries. In 2008, Crossing Dates was invited to major ﬁlm festivals including Busan, Chicago, Goteborg International Film Festivals and more. filmography Crulic - The Pass to Beyond (2011) Crossing Dates (2008) The Museum by the Avenue (2006) Liberty Exercise (2003)
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