My Friend the Polish Girl, dirs. Ewa Banaszkiewicz and Mateusz Dymek, Poland / UK, 2018, 93 min., English
American filmmaker Katie (Emma Friedman-Cohen) sets out to create a documentary about the lives of migrants in post-Brexit referendum London. As the main protagonist of her documentary, she casts aspiring Polish actress Alicja (Aneta Piotrowska), with the sole instruction to act as if the camera wasn’t there. A visual mix of cinéma vérité and video blogging, My Friend the Polish Girl raises questions about the role of truth and manipulation in both styles of filmmaking.
This inventive film was presented with awards at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, Rotterdam International Film Festival, and New Horizons International Film Festival.