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UK/Poland, 51 mins, 16mm, documentary
dir. Grzegorz Pacek,
producers: Anna Baumgart, Grzegorz Pacek
co-producers: Monika Braid, Anna Wagner, Jerzy Murawski
DOP: Bogumil Godfrejow,
production companies: Wytwornia Filmow, Handmade Pictures, Strefa Dzwieku, TVP and Braidmade Films

Funding: MEDIA, Polish Film Institute

Juan is a South African ex-soldier and a bon vivant. One day, while watching the soft porn Emmanuelle, he has a vision of Jesus Christ. Juan is so profoundly moved by this experience that he sells everything he owns and moves to Pomfret, a former military base for Angolan soldiers, and establishes an orphanage for black children. Pomfret is a village of outcasts who have lost the revolution; it is a microcosm of a society in disarray after a tumultuous political transformation. The collapse of the old regime opened a void that the new ideology has yet to fill, and many who have become lost seek guidance in religion. As we trace both Juan’s evolving character and his inspiring story, we learn about the new South African nation.


Dad Went Fishing - clip from Kasia Skibinska on Vimeo.

Premiered at FIPA Biarritz in January 2012

Krakow Int. FF May 2012

Prix Italia Sept 2012