Film screening „River Sisters” (documentary, 57 min.)
In order to save the Vistula from the planned new great dam in Siarzewo other rivers are coming: Dunajec, Soła, Pilica, and Raba. Cecylia Malik calls on women to give a voice to the rivers and join the fight that is taking place between environmentalists operating in the Let's Save the Rivers Coalition, and politicians, officials and the hydrotechnical lobby. It is a fight for a wildlife, for a landscape and for a clean fresh water, which is becoming the most precious resource of our planet. Let us save one of the last, largely natural, large river of Europe!
Written and directed by Cecylia Malik
Editing, script cooperation: Rafał Małecki
Sound: Krzysztof Ridan
Color correction: Michał Żołnowski.
Images: Piotr Dziurdzia, Cecylia Malik, Magdalena Mosiewicz, Joanna Urbaniec, Tomasz Gotfryd, Stanisław Barański, Bartolomeo Koczenasz.
Music: Sutari band from the album Siostry Rzeki and Michał Zygmunt
Dance: Ula Dziurdzia
Production: Cecylia Malik
Starring: Activists of the River Sisters Collective and the most distinguished defenders of nature:
Jacek Engel from the Greenmind Foundation, Karol Ciężak from the Society for the Earth, Ewa Sufin-Jacquemart from the Save the Rivers Coalition and the Green Party, Karolina Kuszlewicz, an animal advocate. Justyna Budzyn the leader of the Lubuskie River Sisters.
Siostry Rzeki: Daria Gosek Popiołek Member of Parliament, Małgorzata Górska OTOP Foundation and Fundacja Dla Biebrzy, Agata Tkaczyk climate activist, Joanna Ruszczyk journalist and activist of River Guardians, Monika Konieczna an activist of the Rescue Action for Krakow. Agata Kreska feminist and activist, Iza Engel Towarzystwo Przyjaciół Słońska “Unitis Virbus” Rzeczpospolita Ptasia. Małgorzata Mroczka, head of the village of Myscowa
Activists of the River Sisters Collective and artists: Agata Bargiel, Małgo Grygierczyk, Zofia Szyrajew, Anna Kobyłka, Agata Mazur, Grażyna Smalej, Rozalia Malik, Anna Malik, Anna Chmiel, Katarzyna Grochowicz, Angela Gaber, Grażyna Makara, Magdalena Grzesiak, Kamila Wajda, Justyna Górowska, Anielka Zalewska, and Zosia Dziuba
Siostry Rzeki collective, Greenmind Foundation, Coalition Ratujmy Rzeki, WWF Polska River Guardians, CCA Wiewiórka and Moviematic Association
Patronage: The film was produced as part of the Creative Scholarship of the City of Krakow
Cecylia Malik is a painter, visual artist and an environmental activist. She combines art and activism, caring for the effectiveness of her actions. Together with experts from various fields, she organizes protests-happenings and works of art in public space. She is the author of many artistic projects, ex. "365 Trees", "6 Rivers", "Warkocze Białki", co-creator of "Modraszek Kolektyw" - an action to defend Krakow's Zakrzówek and a cyclical event on the Vistula "Water Critical Mass". She co-founded the CCA Wiewiórka association. In 2017, she initiated the campaign "Polish Mothers on Tree Stumps”. She belongs to the Save the Rivers Coalition and is the author and leader of the nationwide social campaign "River Sisters". Cecylia Malik received many awards, including Katarzyna Kobro Prize 2018, one of the most important prizes for contemporary art in Poland.
Funding and Support
Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen
Kulturamt der Stadt Köln
Deltax Wirtschafts- und Steuerberatungsgesellschaft mbH
1 — Cecylia Malik: River Sisters, 2019, Photo: Bogdan Krezel