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A Fragment of Being



United Kingdom England, 2009-2010, miniDV - Color - 65

DIRECTED BY:
Anna Taborska

CAST:
Boleslaw Taborski

SCREENPLAY:
Anna Taborska

PHOTOGRAPHY:
Marclina Gorka, Jaroslaw Roszyk, Michal Nowicki

EDITING:
Barbara Fronc, Adam Zych

MUSIC:
Bartosz Chajdecki

PRODUCER:
Anna Taborska

STORY DESCRIPTION:

Based on the life and poetry of Boleslaw Taborski, the film explores how life experiences affect creativity. Poet, theatre critic, World War Two veteran and retired BBC radio journalist Boleslaw Taborski reminisces about his life, and revisits places from his childhood and youth. He talks about pre-World War Two Torun in which he was born, about the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 against the Nazis in which he took part, and about the Polish Section of the BBC Radio World Service in London, in which he worked for many years. The film is illustrated with Taborski's poetry.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:

Anna Taborska was born in London, England. She is an award-winning filmmaker and writer of horror stories, screenplays and poetry. Anna has directed five films, and worked on seventeen others, with actors such Rutger Hauer, Scott Wilson, Noah Taylor and Jenny Agutter. She was also involved in the making of two major BBC/NBC TV series: Auschwitz: the Nazis and the Final Solution and World War Two behind Closed Doors – Stalin, the Nazis and the West. Anna’s film education includes courses at Raindance and Panico in the UK, and two years on scholarship at the Lodz Film School in Poland (training ground of film directors such as Roman Polanski and Andrzej Wajda). Anna’s films are: The Rain Has Stopped (55 minute drama – winner of two awards and nominated for two other awards at the British Film Festival Los Angeles, 2009), A Fragment of Being (65 minute documentary – nominated for the Human Spirit award at the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival, 2010, and received an Honorable Mention at the LA Movie Awards II, 2010), My Uprising (16 minute documentary – received an Honorable Mention at the Los Angeles Reel Film Festival, 2009, and was screened by TV channel Planete Polska). Ela (13 minute drama – screened at the Raindance Film Festival in the UK, and at the Atlanta Horror Film Festival, 2010). The Sin (22 minute drama – screened at the SMOFI Film Festival, Poland, and at the Swansea Bay International Film Festival, 2010).

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