14th DMZ Docs(2022)
I AM DOCU
An original trio of young characters – imaginative Zosia, sensitive Oskar and independent Kinga – have to enter adulthood earlier than their peers. They take the viewer on a journey to the world of children’s compassion, artistic expression, sense of humour and force of character. The world in which friendship, love and closeness to another person is like oxygen, which carries them through the hardest moments.
Guided by their parents, three children enter the boarding school for visually impaired children. The strong character Zosia, the sensitive Oskar, and the independent yet shy Kinga. These children are too young to leave home, but they must go through a difficult separation from their parents in order to move on to a better life. Fledglings is a story about how we can endure hardships by relying on others in a situation where the world around us is being shattered. When fragile-looking fledglings are released from their mother birds, they realize that they must support each other based on friendship and empathy. Director Lidia Duda captures gestures and faces, such as the movements of small birds, in incredible detail at a child's eye level and low camera to get close to three children's inner, emotional and artistic expressions. The documentary's intimacy and ascetic black-and-white images are well suited to depicting the subtle movements of children. The moment these fledglings leave the boarding school, the audience learns that the heartbreaking situation they experienced at the beginning of the film made them stronger.
She is a screenwriter and documentary film director. A two-time winner of the Grand Prix at the Krakow Film Festival for her film Hercules (2005) and Entangled (2012). She is a member of the Association of Polish Filmmakers, Polish Academy of Film and Polish Documentary Film Directors Guild.