After Papusza, a Girl from Tutsi
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27. 02. 2014.

After the screening of "Papusza" directed by Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze, Krzysztof Ptak, a known Polish cinematographer, talked about their new mutual film project "Birds sing in Kigali".

Krzysztof Ptak, a famous cinematographer, Lodz Film School cinematography department graduate and lecturer, was a guest at the School Cinema on 26th February.  After the screening of the film "Papusza" he talked about his work on the film and the cooperation with the two directors Joanna Kos-Krauze & Krzysztof Krauze, who are going to Africa in May accompanied by Krzysztof Ptak and the rest of the crew to work on their new film  "Birds sing in Kigali". Krzysztof Ptak also talked about an idea for a film about Czesław Niemen.

Krzysztof Ptak has worked as the director of photography on the following films, just to mention a few, "Weiser" by Wojciech Marczewski, "Panna Nikt" by Andrzej Wajda, "Jasminum" by Jan Jakub Kolski, "Moj Nikifor" by Krzysztof Krauze, "Dom zły" by Wojciech Smarzowski.

The next project he’s going to work on is a film adaptation of a short-story "Kto z  państwa popełnił ludobójstwo?" by Wojciech Albiński, a Polish writer who has lived in South Africa for many years. At the age of 68 Albiński published "Kalahari" – his literary debut being a collection of short stories about the life in South Africa after the end of apartheid. In 2004 the book received Józef Mackiewicz Literary Prize and it was nominated to the NIKE literary prize.

The main character in the film, and the witness of the tragic events, is  a European ornithologist (to be played by Andrzej Chyra), who saves a Tutsi girl, brings her to Europe (in the film to Canada) and helps her recover from the war trauma. A few years later the characters go back to Rwanda, where the girl decides to stay giving up her recent life abroad. As one of the directors Joanna Kos-Krauze said in her conversation with a PAP representative, the film will pose questions how to live having witnessed homicide, how to come to terms with the world and oneself. She also mentioned that the film story will be considerably different from the original short-story.