After the Cold War, Poland becomes the most rapid social and economic development of country in Eastern Europe. As the terrible world affairs getting away from this country, which is in the middle of Russia and Germany, Poland started being back on track. Under this circumstance, the Polish documentary directors turn the cameras to the ordinary daily lives of the society. Before the 1980s, the documentaries in Poland were filmed by the government agencies. However, the Polish contemporary documentaries were totally different. All of them were almost produced by the private studios and the television stations, and the TV stations became the biggest broadcast platforms for the Polish documentaries. Because of the change of the relations of production, the Polish contemporary documentaries were in conflict with the traditional ones: in the traditional views, documentaries were considered as pure art, but in the era of the mass media, they are also as as a vehicle for communication to deliver news to the viewers. This section selects six documentaries, which pursuit the idea of “return to normalcy”, and from different standpoints explores the situation of the individuals in Polish contemporary society.
These films seem unconnected, but if taking a closed look, the viewers may find out they explore the exact opposite conditions of lives. These filming subjects include a famous Polish electronic musician, a successful Polish fashion designer, a new ballet dancer, a terminally ill mother and a baby who will live with a respirator in the whole life. In these films, there are several groups of comparison: the old hand and the newcomer; the electronic musician who depending on the old material such as: analog audio master tape and the fashion designer who working in the new business; the beginning of life and the end of life; the newly born baby having to face the torture and the challenge and the dying mother who would release from the suffering.
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