Marta Prus’s short film Vakha i Magomed (Vakha and Magomed) has been chosen as the best documentary at the Thurrock Film Festival in Essex.
The film, produced by the Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School in Łódź, was nominated together with 4 other films in the category. Vakha i Magomed tells a story of a father and son, Chechen refugees, who fled their family home and settled in Poland. Vakha wants his son to forget his tragic experiences in Chechnya and live a normal life. Prus follows the two very closely, capturing their daily challenges. It is a touching story about a very strong family bond. It portrays a father who in extreme circumstances fights for a peaceful and stress-free childhood for his son.
This short film is a documentary, which has already been nominated and awarded in Florence, Dortmund, Helsinki and Virginia.
***Marta Prus was born in 1987 and since 2009 is a student of Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School in Łódź. She previously studied History of Art at the Warsaw University. She has completed the Documentary Programme course at the Wajda School. As a child, she was a member of a gymnastic group at IKS AWF and subsequently a dancer in Hanna Kosiewicz Studio