“Brothers” by Wojciech Staron
as a part of the 41st annual Margaret Mead Film Festival
Wojciech Staron will be present at the screening
Presented by The American Museum of Natural History and The Polish Cultural Institute New York
Saturday, October 21, 2017, 12:00 PM
(part of Program F11)
The American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West & 77th St, New York, NY
The Margaret Mead Film Festival, the longest-running premiere showcase for international documentaries in the United States, is held at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. The theme of this year’s 41st edition of this festival is “Activate.” The festival honors the legacy of Margaret Mead, whose groundbreaking approach to anthropology revealed how our histories, values, and points of view inevitably frame our encounters with other cultures and communities. As always, the Mead will feature intimate conversations with filmmakers and film subjects, as well as the presentation of the annual Margaret Mead Filmmaker Award.
Brothers,2015, 68 min: Alfons is a painter and eternal dreamer. Mieczyslaw is a scientist with a deep pragmatic streak. Together, they form an inseparable odd couple of elderly brothers who have lived together in rural Poland for many decades. In the 1940s, they escaped a Stalinist labor camp together, and through many squabbles and triumphs they somehow have never escaped from each other. We accompany this pair of sympathetic old geezers as they go about their daily lives. Director and cameraman Wojciech Staron accompanied the two dissimilar brothers through thick and thin over the period of several years. Winner of Critics’ Week in Locarno.
Wojciech Staron is a Polish cinematographer, director and a poet of documentary film. A graduate of the renowned Lodz Film School, Staron is a devout realist who believes in the force of pure image. His most well-known works include Siberian Lesson (1998), the award-winning Argentinian Lesson (2011) and his latest film Brothers (2015).
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