From the late 1960s until the beginning of the 1980s, Krzysztof Kieślowski made more than 20 documentary shorts, touching on the vocations and lives of everyday people across the communist Polish People’s Republic, as well as occasionally documenting political events. By avoiding judgement of their subjects and eschewing the dogmatic tenets of socialist realism, each of these shorts presents a fascinating cross-section of Polish society.
This first programme of shorts films is comprised of the three below works:
Dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski, Poland, 1972, 10 min.
A depiction of the everyday activities – and bureaucracy – of a municipal funeral parlour in Warsaw.
From a Night Porter’s Point of View
Dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski, Poland, 1977, 17 min.
A night porter talks about his work duties and his views on society, which are surprisingly extreme.
Dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski, Poland, 1976, 21 min
A picture of the difficulties faced by surgeons working in a trauma ward in 1970s Warsaw.