Okiem Młodych - 8. edition

September 21 - 27 
Świdnica
The 8th edition of the International Documentary Film Festival "Okiem Młodych" starts in just a week in Świdnica. In this year's program the audience will find the short films by young Polish and European directors, a review of the most interesting Czech documents, as well as recent productions of recognized artists.

"The Salt of the Earth" by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado was chosen for the opening night of the Festival - a beautiful story of Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, who, through his camera's lens, witnessed the most important events in the last four decades of the world’s history. Wenders' film will also be the first image in the "Panorama" section, in which the public will be able to see, among others, "Alphabet" by Erwin Wagenhofer, the acclaimed document addressing the problems of modern education. "Panorama" will also be an opportunity to talk with the directors about their latest works - Paweł Wysoczański and the winners of the Grand Prix of previous editions, Marta Prus and Gregory Zariczny, will all visit the Festival to meet with the audience. We will also have a chance to see the moving "The Queen of Silence" by Agnieszka Zwiefka, which was awarded at this year's International Film Festival T-Mobile New Horizons.
Trailer for "The Salt of the Earth" >>
It seems that we know a lot about the Czech Republic already. For years we've been watching their films, reading their books, meeting in Cieszyn, in Prague, in the Giant Mountains. What else is there to come? - asks Karolina Błażejczak, the programmer of "Dokument_CZ" section, which presents the most interesting selection of the Czech documentary production. - In the "Dokument_CZ" like old good friends we decided to go with our neighbours on a trip. The travel might be a litmus test of the relationship - but not only that. In fact, the most important things we learn are often the ones that we learn about ourselves. The audience will have a unique chance to see (for the first time in Poland) Saša Dlouhý's picture "Happy Together" - a story of the Sino-Czechoslovak Friendship Town in China, which was founded in the '50s after the Czech farmers's generous gift for their colleagues in Asia. Today, the local authority is building in the new district, "the Chinese city of Prague", and opens Czech Studies department at the local university.
The program of the section also also includes Eva Tomanova's "Always together" - the story of an attempt to build a private paradise far away from civilization, the movie that recalls the Czech and Polish travelling myths - "Trabant until the end of the world" by Dan Přibáň, as well as the laureate of the best Czech documentary award in 2012 at the Festival in Jihlava, "Under the sun, darkness" directed by Martin Marecka. 8th International Documentary Film Festival will also provide an opportunity to see the whole "Gottland"series - filmed by the students of Prague's FAMU and based on Mariusz Szczygieł's reportages - on the big screen.
Trailer "Happy Together" >>
The competition screenings will be, without any doubts, the most exciting part of the event - 13 of the most interesting documents by young directorswill once again compete for the main prize, the Grand Prix in Polish Competition, which is 5,000 zlotys and a statuette of "Złote Oko" ("Golden Eye"). The International Competition for Film Schools will see 5 film from young artists from Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia compete for the award of “International View”. And afterhours the audience will be invited to take part in accompanying events, such as concert of NOHONO band in the railway station or Tomek Lipka’s monodrama "Start. Revelation 4.0".
More details on the website >>

 The 8th International Documentary Film Festival "Eye of the Young" is organized by Świdnicki Ośrodek Kultury and Wrocław Film Foundation.

"Herito" is a media patron of the Festival.