After his mother dies, Adam comes across some letters exchanged years ago between his Polish mother and his father, a Kurd living in Iraq. This is an opportunity for him to find out more about his father, who he never knew. The juxtaposition of animated drawings and archival material takes us back forty years into the past and enables us not only to feel the emotions linking the lovers living in different parts of the world, but also to uncover an extraordinary family secret.

  • Genre: Animated, Documentary
  • Country: Poland
  • Running time: 11
  • Year: 2020
  • Color: colour

Director: Katarzyna Warzecha

Script: Katarzyna Warzecha

DOP: Grzegorz Hartfiel

Music: Adam Witkowski

Editing: Piotr Kremky

Sound: Jakub Jerszyński

Production company: Silver Frame, Studio Munka


About the director:

Katarzyna Warzecha

Katarzyna Warzecha

Born in Gdańsk in 1989, Katarzyna Warzecha graduated from the Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School in Katowice and the Wajda School & Studio in Warsaw. Her graduation film, It’s Really Awesome, was screened at numerous international festivals and won a series of awards. She has worked with directors such as Filip Bajon and Marcin Wrona. She loves good food and has a special fondness for potatoes.

At festivals:

51st Visions du Réel International Film Festival Nyon, Switzerland , 2020 (competition)

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

15th DocsMX International Documentary Film Festival of Mexico City, 2020 (Best Short Documentary in Fragmentos Internacionale )

13th Central and Eastern European Film Festival CinEast, Luxembourg, 2020 (Audience Award)

56th Chicago International Film Festival, USA, 2020 (Gold Hugo for the Best Documentary Short Film)

63rd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film – DOK Leipzig, Germany, 2020 (competition)

REX Animation Film Festival 2020, Sweden, 2020 (competition)

34th Leeds International Film Festival, UK, 2020 (competition)

15th Animest – Bucharest International Animation Film Festival, Romania, 2020 (competition)

62nd Festival of Documentary and Short Film of Bilbao (ZINEBI), Spain, 2020 (competition)

27th International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima, Poland, 2020 (competition)

19th Sommets du cinéma d'animation, Canada, 2020 (competition)

18th BOGOSHORTS Bogotá Short Film Festival, Columbia, 2020 (competition)

FIPADOC, France , 2021 (competition)

Flickerfest 30th International Short Film Festival, Australia, 2021 (Special Mention for Documentary)

Tricky Women/Tricky Realities Animation Festival 2021, Austria, 2021 (screening)

18th Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Ukraine, 2021 (screening)

Kaboom Animation Festival, The Netherlands, 2021 (competition)

Aspen ShortFest 2021, USA, 2021 (Jury Award in the Documentary category, Ellen Jury Award)

47th Seattle International Film Festival, USA, 2021 (competition)

64th San Francisco International Film Festival, USA, 2021 (screening)

13th Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 2021 (screening)

Movies that Matter Festival, The Netherlands, 2021 (screening)

Les Sommets du Cinéma d’Animation 2021, Canada, 2021 (competition)

Animatricks International Animation Festival 2021, Finland, 2021 (competition)

Palm Springs International ShortFest 2021, USA, 2021 (competition)

29th Curtas Vila do Conde IFF, Portugal, 2021 (competition)

12th Anibar International Animation Festival, Kosovo, 2021 (Special Mention)

dotdotdot, Vienna's Open-Air Short Film Festival, Austria, 2021 (competition)

19th MoliseCinema Film Festival, 2021, Italy, 2021 (competition)

30. FILMKUNSTFEST MV, Germany, 2021 (screening)

9th International Film Festival FERFILM, Kosovo, 2021 (competition)

18th Neisse Film Festival, Germany, 2021 (competition)

Indiecork Festival of Independent Film & Music, Ireland, 2021 (competition)

4th Orvieto Cinema Fest, Italy, 2021 (competition)

Animatou International Animation Film Festival, Switzerland, 2021 (competition)

4th International Film Festival Elbe Dock, Czech Republic, 2021 (competition)

19th Shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival, 2021, Switzerland, Russia, Egypt, RPA, Argentina, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, USA, 2021 (competition)

9th Bosphorus International Film Festival, Turkey, 2021 (competition)

XXXI Message to Man International Film Festival, Russia, 2021 (competition)

Manchester Animation Festival 2021, United Kingdom, 2021 (competition)

Shorts That Are Not Pants 2021, Canada, 2021 (competition)

29th dokumentART European Film Festival - films & future 2021, Germany, 2021 (competition)

24th Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People, Greece, 2021 (competition)

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

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

17th FIFE International Education Film Festival, France, 2021 (competition)

Tayf International Short FIlm Festival, Turkey, 2022 (competition)

25th Brussels Short Film Festival, Belgium, 2022 (screening)

An Ordinary Day Film Festival, Sweden, 2022 (screening)

2nd Rhodope International Documentary Festival, Bulgaria, 2022 (competition)

Cork IFF Short Film Season, Ireland, 2022 (screening)

13th dotdotdot Vienna's Open Air Short Film festival, Austria, 2022 (screening)

Interaction: Short Docs Festival, Serbia, 2022, 2022 (competition)

10th Primanima World Festival of First Animations, Hungary, 2022 (screening)

The Pigeon International Film Festival, Iceland, 2022 (Best Directing)

38. Interfilm, 2022, Germany, 2022 (competition)

Bardzo fajny festival, 2022, Czech Republic, 2022 (screening)

Leipzig Book Fair 2023, Germany, 2023 (screening)

Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival, Portugal, 2023 (screening)