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LOVE THY NEIGHBOR
Władysław Ślesicki, one of the most important Polish documentary film directors of the 1950s and 1960s, concerned himself with Roma from the very beginning, from his 1954 debut film The Gypsy Camp. His interest is both aesthetic and political: during World War II, Ślesicki was a member of the Polish resistance and took part in the 1944 Warsaw Revolt. Ten years after his debut, Ślesicki returned to the subject of the Roma in this purely observational film which documents the life of a Roma caravan over a summer. After the first establishing shots, Ślesicki places his camera firmly within the community, always shooting from the perspective of his participants: through the window of a caravan, sitting down to watch dancers around a camp fire, grazing the knees of horses taken down to the river. Ślesickis Roma characters are vital and funny, strong and seductive while firmly anchored in contemporary time and space. (by Mona Nicoară)
awards and festivals
Cork International Film Festival 1965 - International Jury Award - Best Documentary / Krakow Film Festival 1964 - Silver Hobby-Horse of Cracow Award