True story of PAPUSZA - the first Roma woman who put her poems into writing and published them, and therefore confronted the traditional female image in the gypsy community.
The film follows PAPUSZA's life from birth to old age: arranged marriage as a small girl, her life in a gypsy tabor before, during and after second world war, then forced settlement in communist Poland and urban life in poverty. Her meeting with the Polish poet Jerzy Ficowski, who discovered her great talent for poetry and published her works led to a tragic paradox: a famous poet was living in poverty, rejected by the Roma community for betraying their secrets.
2013 / POLAND / 131 min.
Director: Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze
Screenplay: Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze
Cast: Jowita Budnik (Papusza), Antoni Pawlicki (Jerzy Ficowski), Zbigniew Waleryś (Dionizy – Papusza's husband), Artur Steranko (Czarnecki)
Production companies: Argomedia sp. z o.o., Lambros Ziotas, Telewizja Polska S.A., Canal+ Polska & Studio Filmowe kadr