Story? – The International Student Documentary Festival was established only two years ago in Ireland at Crawford College of Art and Design. This is the only international film festival dedicated entirely to short student documentaries. The program includes documentaries that are not longer than 15 minutes, selected from around the world, including animated ones.
The plot of the award-winning “The Sisters” by Michał Hytros takes place behind a huge 800-year-old wall, in the oldest enclosed monasteries in Poland – the Benedictine monastery in Staniątki near Krakow. This is where the lives of 12 sisters, whose average age is 70, take place. Despite their old age and the reality of the world changing behind the wall at a frantic pace, every day they try to subordinate their lives to the “ORA et LABORA” rule, that was invented or 10 centuries ago. Our protagonists – the charming sisters Anuncjata and Benedykta (in the monastery for 40 years), introduce us into the world behind the wall, talk about their lives and decisions they made. They show us the monastery world with all its shades, completely stripped of the stereotype, often touching and funny at the same time. This is a film about silence, which is told extremely loudly.
More information about the festival can be found here.