31 March 2017
"We The Poles - Nasza droga do Kanady” was a long haul project encouraging the youngest generation of Polish Canadians to explore immigration stories of Poles who immigrated to Canada. Six participants chosen out of several hundred initially invited, have been working over the last 18 months with some of the most talented Polish and Canadian filmmakers to create films reflecting the meaning of being a Polish-Canadian in 2017. The three films they created are thoughtful, surprising and fun to watch. Besides the winner, Nastazja Usakiewicz and Justyna Slawinski, coached by Łukasz Ostalski, created a sci-fi thriller “Syrup”, discovering a secret lying behind Polish immigration to Canada. Ania and Kuba Przystupa, along with their friend Krzysztof Handzlik made “An ocean apart”, where, they focus on feelings of young people whose first sentimental experiences are deeply complicated by their immigrate background. Their coaches were Polish-Canadians Diana Skaya and Marek Krupa.
The effort of young filmmakers was strongly applauded by audience. The talented artists proudly got on a stage and received congratulation and prizes from Consul General Grzegorz Morawski, President of Polish Teachers Association Iwona Malinowski and Marta Pozniakowski director of Ekran Polish Film Festival. Congratulations to all participants you did an amazing job!
“We the Poles. Nasza droga do Kanady” was presented by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto and the Polish Filmmakers Association, in collaboration with the Polish Teachers Association in Canada and Ekran Toronto Polish Film Festival.
Jacek Bromski - president of the Polish Filmmakers Association (who is not with us but after watching the films he told us that he was thrilled to be part of such an inspiring project that was very meaningful and touching at the same time. He sends his congratulations to the young filmmakers for their creativity and sense of humor.
Robert Gliński – Polish director, former rector of the National Film School in Łódź.
Mateusz Stąsiek – Director of the Department for Cooperation with Polish Diaspora and Poles Abroad of Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Sebastian Tyrakowski – Deputy Director of the Museum of Emigration in Gdynia, Poland
Ewa Stachniak – award-winning and internationally bestselling Polish-Canadian novelist who has just published her new bestseller “The Chosen Maiden”;
Sławek Witek – Polish director, cameraman and editor. Sławek contributed a great deal to the outcome of the project by holding workshops for the students and working with them on the final edition of their works.
Jan Cytowski – President of the World Polonia Council, an alliance of over 40 organizations of Polish diaspora from all around the world.
Władysław Lizoń – President of the Polish Canadian Congress, an organization established in 1933, representing the interests of over 200 Polish organizations before the people and Government of Canada and reflecting the voices of nearly a million Polish-Canadians.
Iwona Malinowski – President of the Polish Teachers Association in Canada
Marta Pozniakowski – Director of Ekran Toronto Polish Film Festival and president of Ekran Polish Film Association., welcome again.
Grzegorz Morawski – Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto
Maureen Jennings – an English-Canadian writer of mystery novels, best known as the author of the Detective Murdoch series and WW2 novels featuring DCI Tom Tyler. Her new Detective Murdoch mystery novel is expected to be released in the Fall of 2017.
Myrocia Watamaniuk [Mi-raw-shia What-a-man-yuck] – Senior International Programmer at HotDocs – Canadian International Documentary Festival, running April 27th through May 7th and featuring 200 films from Canada and around the world.SEE MORE