Spring 2015 Film Series - Polish
Discussion Leader: Dariusz Tołczyk (Associate Professor, Department of Slavic
Languages and Literatures)
Movie Title: Amator [Camera Buff] (1979)
Description: Made in the Communist Poland just before the 1980 Solidarity revolution,
Camera Buff is Krzysztof Kieślowski’s most autobiographical film. It follows Filip (Jerzy
Stuhr), a factory worker who has recently acquired an 8mm camera which he uses to film his
newborn daughter. After Filip films some celebrations at the factory, as requested by his boss, he
begins to see how his hobby can be turned into art, and perhaps change his life. Filming a reality
that we struggle to fully understand, the protagonist gets in trouble with the authorities,
complicates his personal relationships, and records his own life in an attempt to understand.
This event is co-organized by the Institute of World Languages and the Department of Media Studies. All films are free and subtitled in English. Films are screened from 6:30pm - 9:00pm.