For its creators, the amateur cinema of the 1950s was an escape from everyday life in post-war, socialist Poland. The first Amateur Film Club in Poland was established in 1949 in Katowice. A few years later, such clubs operated in almost every large city. Film - amateurs, contrary to what one might expect, did not only prepare reports from May Day parades, party meetings or records in coal mining. They recorded the surrounding reality, often creating mini-plots according to their own scripts. The quality of amateur films from Silesia is proven by the numerous awards the club won at international festivals in Italy, Switzerland and France, outclassing filmmakers from several European countries. Due to international trips, the amateurs were subject to special surveillance by the omnipresent security services. At the end of the 1950s, the filmmakers from AKF Śląsk found their way to the emerging Polish television, playing the role of not only cinematographers but also television directors.
Mieczysław Chudzik - cinematographer, one of the last surviving members of this club, talks about the achievements, everyday life and the creative process that took place in the Silesian Amateur Film Club in the film "The Club". Most importantly, however, his story is illustrated by authentic films made by amateurs from Katowice, which have never been shown on the screen before.

  • Aleksandra Fudala Barańska
  • Aleksandra fudala Baranska
  • Michał Skrzeczek
  • Mieczysław Chudzik
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    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    29 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 21, 2021
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    2,000 EUR
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Distribution Information
  • TVP Katowice
    Country: Poland
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Aleksandra Fudala Barańska

ALEXANDRA Fudała - director, for 20 years involved with TVP, now a journalism professor at the University of Economics in Katowice, author of documentaries realized for TVP 1, TVP Historia and the documentary series "Secrets of history." She completed a course of writing screenplays in Poznan and in the producer's course organized by the State Higher School of Film - Theatre in Lodz.

Awarded for completed films, among others, Grand Prix National Educational Film Festival Edukino in Warsaw, the second prize at the International Festival of Multimedia in Czestochowa in 2010, the same special prize for the film festival "Silesian police station," and three honorable mention Polish Journalists' Association in 2010. And in 2011 and 2012 r for the dissemination of knowledge, also awarded the prize for the best publisher of information programs at the 2005 Review and Competition Journalism regional branches of TVP, "Cultural Silesia", nominated for a Broadcast Historic Year in 2013.

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