KING MATT THE FIRST
DIRECTED BY JAŚMINA WÓJCIK | WRITTEN BY JAŚMINA WÓJCIK, IGOR STOKFISZEWSKI | DOP JAKUB WRÓBLEWSKI | MUSIC DOMINIK STRYCHARSKI | LENGTH 75' | LANGUAGE POLISH | STATUS DEVELOPMENT | YEAR 2022

King Matt the First is a full‑length documentary film for children with feature elements. The film draws a collective portrait of contemporary children and presents an issue of alternative education in the light of a search for most accurate approach to working with children against the background of crisis of democracy and growing authoritarian tendencies within societal and political spaces. The creators want the film to play an educational role – to inspire little viewers to explore the world in its wealth and diversity and to sensitized them to such values as empathy, solidarity and cooperation. Bearing in mind the desire to address the film to children viewers, the creators will reach for feature film instruments, by putting a documentary narrative into the framework of a story about little king named Matt. The film is based on the motifs of the novel King Matt the First, published in 1923, written by Janusz Korczak – Polish educator, journalist, social activist and writer of Jewish origin, a precursor of many contemporary solutions in the field of alternative education and pedagogy.


JAŚMINA WÓJCIK

Visual artist, director, and educator. Her work deals with the (in)visibility and self‑representation of marginalized communities. She is involved in alternative education by developing authorial practices in the creation of children’s artistic expression. Her first feature‑length film Symphony of the Ursus Factory (2018) has gained international recognition. It has been developed from her multidisciplinary project with former employees of the Ursus tractor factory.

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