Abu Haraz
Maciej J. Drygas

Poland, 2013, 73’

Editing: Rafal Listopad
Photography: Andrzej Musial
Producer: Maciej J. Drygas
Producer Company: Drygas Productions
Music: Pawel Szymanski

Abu Haraz is a small village in the middle of the desert in North Sudan. The construction of a huge dam on the Nile has interfered with the age-old, natural rhythm of the lives of its residents. The filmmakers have spent several years with them, observing their vain attempts to turn back fate.

Maciej J. Drygas – born on 3 April 1956 in Lodz, Poland. Film and radio director, screenwriter, professor and lecturer at the Polish National Film School in Lodz. After having graduated in 1981 from the Film Directing Dept. of the Cinema Institute in Moscow (VGIK), he worked as an assistant director for Krzysztof Zanussi and Krzysztof Kieslowski. He has won awards at numerous international festivals, including: the Prix Italia in 1992 for the radio documentary ‘My Last Will’, a Felix in 1991 for the best documentary film in Europe for ‘Hear My Cry’, a Grand Prix in 1995 at the Monte Carlo International Television Festival for the documentary film ‘State Of Weightlessness’. Maciej J. Drygas’s films and radio documentaries have been broadcasted by television and radio stations in Europe, Canada, Brazil and Australia.

Abu Haraz, 2013
Violated Letters, 2011
Hear us all, 2008
A Day in People’s Republic of Poland, 2005
State of weigthlessness, 1994
Hear me cry, 1991

Festivals & Awards
21st Camerimage International Film Festival, Poland, 2013
Festival dei Popoli – International Documentary Film Festival, Italy, 2013
Cinema Verite – Iran International Documentary FF, Iran, 2013 – Best Full-Length Documentary
Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Ukraine, 2014 (competition)
24th MEDIAWAVE International Film and Music Festival, Hungary, 2014 (competition)
DOXA – Documentary Film Festival, Canada, 2014 (competition)
33rd Jean Rouch International Film Festival, France
28th Parnu International Anthropology Film Festival, Estonia – Prize for the Best Film on Survival of Indigenous Peoples
Szczecin European Film Festival, Poland/ Germany


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