Dir Dorota Nieznalska
On the basis of excerpts of Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s narrative poem: Prussian Nights, a black-and-white film with soundtrack, music: Alexardrov Choir, The Sacred War, Red Army Choir, Varchavianka.
duration: 18’04 min.
In 1944, there was invasion of the Red Army on the East Prussia area for the "liberation" of the German occupation. Alexander Solzhenitsyn, then as a journalist, accompanied the event. After several years, he described his experience the excitement of the items keen observer of reality. Narrative poem entitled .: Prussian Nights, is a poignant document disclosing ruthlessness, savagery and violence of the Red Army against women, children, old men. With the film I used extracts from the poem recited by the lector as a narrative film. The whole enterprise was conducted using the method of critical, using selected archival materials, photographs, sound and tried to present violence and human aggression, which symbol was a massacre of civilians by Soviet troops in 1944. (Slaughter in Nemmersdorf - as a symbol of Red Army’s violence). I was to the village Nemmersdorf, currently Mayakovskoye (ros. Маяковское, Ger. Nemmersdorf) village in the Kaliningrad region in Russia. Nemmersdorf - as a place of memory.
Dorota Nieznalska – artist, graduate of the Sculpture Faculty of the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk. Lives and works in Gdańsk. She has participated in over a hundred collective and solo shows domestically and abroad. Her work can be found in public and private collections in Poland and internationally. In 2013 she earned her Ph.D. in Intermedia at the Sculpture Faculty of the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk. Currently an assistant lecturer at the Sculpture/Intermedia Faculty at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk.
Creates sculptures, installations, photographs, and videos. Her early work made use e.g. of religious symbols. She combined the question of the powerful Catholic tradition in Poland with male domination in society. Furthermore, she addressed the subject of identity, sexuality and stereotypical roles of women and men. At present she is intrigued by social and political relations in the context of violence. Her research projects concern memory places, traces of memory/forgetting and history.
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