D: Susanna Zdrzałek, CI,ED: Fritz Fechner, DE 2015, COL, DOC, 43’34’’
A Polish female volleyball team and a coach that doesn't speak Polish. A hospital in Brandenburg, where Polish doctors encounter Polish patients. An artist who “terminates” the border and creates a new, common space. “GRENZE/GRANICA” is a visual journey along the Polish-German border. It begins in Szczecin and leads as far as Görlitz and Zgorzelec. Throughout its 45 minutes, the documentary shows seven examples of Polish-German life – from various angles, but always from a German and Polish point of view. The border is open – how does this influence the people who live here? Free of prejudice, the film documents life in a region that wants to be something more than just the outskirts of Poland or Germany – it is, after all, the centre of Europe.
Susanna Zdrzałek was born in 1989 in Piekary Śląskie. When she was one year old, she moved with her parents to Germany. As a child she held her own radio broadcasts in her room, and as a thirteen-year-old she began writing for a local newspaper. After her matura exams she started studying journalism and political studies in Dortmund. She was a trainee at the office of the German television ARD in New York and the ARD office in Warsaw, where she later studied and simultaneously worked as a journalist, reporting from various regions in Poland. Zdrzałek was a reporter for the German public television ZDF and a journalism coach in Ghana as well as Shanghai. Currently she is a reporter and editor for the public television WDR. She lives in Düsseldorf. “GRENZE/GRANICA” is her first documentary film.