'Losing Sonia' ("Gdzie jest Sonia?") shows how a seemingly rigid monastery can be a place full of life, beauty and artistic expression. Sonia paints icons in the night and then sleeps until noon, she has a dog, a cat, canaries, and a body that rebelled against the strict rigour of the monks. Trying to understand Sonia's nature and the meaning of her life choices, we come to her family, marked with the history of Russia, and look inside the Orthodox church, which reflects the deep spirituality of a nation crippled by the regime. "Losing Sonia" tells the story of an unusual woman - young nun trying to rebuild the values lost during the social and political transformations in Russia.
A young Kyrgyz girl - Ayka - lives and works illegally in Moscow. After giving birth to her son she leaves him in hospital. Some time later, however, her motherly yearning leads her to desperate attempts of finding the abandoned child. The director states: It began with a dry statistic. In 2010, 248 babies were given up by Kyrgyz mothers in Moscow's hospitals. What could be the reason behind Kyrgyz mothers voluntarily giving up their babies, abandoning them in a foreign country? What could be forcing them to commit such an act, unnatural for any woman? I realized I could not fail to make a film about this: a film about a Kyrgyz girl searching for the child she abandoned in a Moscow-based maternity ward. This film will be about all of us: about what happens when relations between people and their environment reach such an extreme that the individual begins to deteriorate morally, and life forces the individual to re-evaluate and to change, sometimes even against his or her will.
Do you know that average number of documentary films that are produced every year in Poland is around 200? Have you ever wondered what happens to them? For example: In 2009, for 100 produced documents, 70 were sold to television, 10 were released on DVD and 5 shown in cinemas. However, we should remember that this was an extremely successful year for the Polish documentaries - in the last decade, only 9 films were present on the big screen.
After the success of the film (Oscar® nomination, numerous awards and significant media attention) we have decided to reforge the publicity into an even bigger audience. The book will include a wide variety of film related materials – from photos, film facts and interviews to a critical debate about the film. Also the film will be included as part of the publication.