28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Handful of Dirt
Handful of Dirt
Handful of Dirt
Handful of Dirt
Handful of Dirt

Handful of Dirt

director: Izabela Zubrycka
original title: Garstka ziemi
country: Poland
year: 2023
running time: 13 min.


Halina is one of the last singers of mourning songs from Podlasie in eastern Poland. Her son Andrzej works as a gravedigger. For many years, they have accompanied others on their final journey. Death, before which modern society closes its eyes, is for them a natural part of life in which they find security and peace.

“When you’ve dealt with funerals for over ten years, then well, everything happens.”


Izabela Zubrycka (born 1998) is a student of film and television directing at the Polish National Film School in Lodz and a graduate of journalism and photography at Warsaw University and the Wajda School. She has made the short films Whispers (2019) and Handful of Dirt.

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director: Izabela Zubrycka
producer: Agata Golańska
photography: Stefan Żółtowski
editing: Anna Adamowicz
music: Trzciannianki, Marek Dutkiewicz, Katarzyna Gärtner, Halina Frąckowiak
sound design: Maciej Tobera
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