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Last Friday, our students have been watching a documentary film “Buddies” (“Kumple”) and having a meeting with Joanna Kaczmarek, film’s director and Ryszard Sawa, a blind marathoner featured in the film.

Documentary film

Close your eyes and try to take a few steps. Now, close your eyes and try to run 42 kilometers! Impossible? Ryszard Sawa, the blind marathoner of the documentary film “Buddies”, proves that the impossible is possible, with over 100 marathons completed in total darkness. When running, Rysiek needs his guide Felek next to him. All those hours, spent together, have brought them close. “Buddies” is a story about running, friendship and the appreciation of life. The film breaks down stereotypes and redefines the way we think of disabilities and body limitations.



Ryszard Sawa – a mathematician and informatics specialist of Polish Academy of Sciences, a marathoner;

Joanna Kaczmarek – a director and screenwriter. Joanna is a graduate of University of Silesia in Katowice, where she studied Directing. She has been studying Theatrology at The Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw. She isa board member of the Polish Female Filmmakers Association. Her short documentaries have been featured on many film festivals in Poland and abroad. She is a director and screenwriter of documentary films such as „Gośka gola!“ (Studio Munka) and „Kumple“ (SF Kronika). As a part of Teatroteka initiative, Joanna produced TV drama play „Dzień dobry, wszyscy umrzemy“. Currently she is working on her full-scale documentary debut.

Shots from the film

“Buddies” („Kumple”)
2014 | Documentary | 45min

Written and directed by: Joanna Kaczmarczyk
The film featured: Ryszard Sawa, Felek Platowski, Krystyna Oleszczuk
Cinematography: Piotr Niemyjski, Przemysław Niczyporuk
Sound: Michał Robaczewski, Piotr Nykowski
Sound editor: Joanna NapieralskaMusic: Krzysztof A. Janczak
Edited by: Jan Kidawa-Błoński Jr
Artistic care: Paweł Kędzierski
Produced by: KRONIKA Film Studio
Co-founded by: The Polish Film Institute

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