The film is shaped as a diary of the author’s memories, telling about the problematic relationship between father and daughter caused by the father’s mental illness, and the troubles caused by this condition during the author’s growth.  The need of the author to free herself from the influence of the past and to break the shell of silence around this painful situation brings her back to Belarus, to shoot interviews with various family members and collect also their memories and points of view. The author takes responsibility for her emotions and concludes that she needs to free herself from the influence of the past, associated with Papa’s disease, and finally build her independent self-portrait. This gives her a chance to revive and to finally show the sincere feelings of the adult daughter to her Papa.

  • Genre: Animated, Documentary
  • Country: Poland
  • Running time: 29
  • Year: 2020
  • Color: colour / black and white

Director: Maryia Yakimovich

Script: Maryia Yakimovich

Music: Michał Papara

Editing: Wojciech Słota, Maryia Yakimovich

Sound: Michał Papara

Production company: Akademia Sztuk Pięknych, Pracownia Filmu Animowanego


About the director:

Maryia Yakimovich

Maryia Yakimovich

Maryia Yakimovich is born in Minsk, Belarus, and from an early age she showed interest and attitude toward the world of Arts. After graduating at the Art Lyceum of Minsk with a card-game design project, she moved to Krakow to study at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts. She graduated with the highest grade realizing the documentary film “Papa”. She makes watercolours, book illustrations and animations, participates in exhibitions and travels as a street artist creating artworks that are sold to people all around the world.

At festivals:

60th Krakow Film Festival, 2020, Poland, 2020 (competition)

Reykjavík Feminist Film Festiva, 2021, Iceland, 2021 (competition)

XIV International Documentary Film Festival MiradasDoc, Tenerife, 2021 (competition)

Northern Lights Nordic-Baltic Film Festival, 2021, Belarus, 2021 (Grand Prix)

18. International Animated Film Festival Animateka, 2021, Slovenia, 2021 (screening)

International Animated Film Festival Animateka, Slovenia, 2021 (screening)

9th FIDBA International Documentary Film Festival of Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2021 (competition)

IFF Febiofest Bratislava 2022, Slovakia, 2022 (competition)

Beast International Film Festival, Portugal, 2022 (competition)

Linz International Short Film Festival 2022, Austria, 2022 (Best Documentary)