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 2023

King Matt I is a book that every new generation of children loves. It tells the story of a young boy, who becomes king after his father dies. The novel addresses such issues as the experience of war, betrayal, death, loneliness or injustice.

The creative documentary records the journey of two sisters. They read the novel, which inspires them to explore nature at first, but then they give up the plot in favor of uninhibited play. The two are the audience’s guides in the world of childhood. The viewers join them in sound, choreography and art workshops where the children discover various ways to express themselves with the body, sound, rhythm, motor activities and sensorics. In the movie it’s the children who are in charge and control the entire process. Adults, on the other hand, simply follow them without interfering. They stand aside, which lets them better understand and learn their world. Thus, the traditional roles are swapped in the movie: it’s adults who learn from children and not the other way round.


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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