The Art of Disappearing

Directed by: Bartek Konopka & Piotr Rosołowski
Poland | 52 minutes
Screenings

A Haitian voodoo priest visited Poland in 1980. Through his eyes we get an alternative perspective on Poland and communist life.

Through a startling mix of real and fictitious footage we learn about voodoo priest Amon Frémon who visited Poland to perform rituals as part of Grotowsky’s “Theatre of Sources”. Amon sought to fight away evil; a respectful nod back to when, 200 years ago, the Polish helped free the Creole communities from the clutches of the French Revolution. Upon his return Amon’s life is forever scarred, and 34 years on his community still don’t know where or how he disappeared to without a trace.

Enforced by gloomy footage and eerie tribal music, we get a sense of the curiosity as well as the distance felt by Amon, and an alternative perspective on Poland and communist life; from the “evil white rain” (snow) that fell from the sky to the “zombies” (soldiers) that caused terror.

Country
Poland
Runtime
52
Director(s)
Bartek Konopka
Piotr Rosołowski
Writer(s)
Piotr Rosołowski
Bartek Konopka
Producer(s)
Paweł Potoroczyn
Anna Wydra
DOP
Piotr Rosołowski
Original Format
Digital