Lukasz Borowski: 3 Days of Freedom

Yes, it is literally a film about a prisoner, Piotr, who gets out for three days to get a taste of the life outside that he knows nothing about since he has been inside for 15 years. His leaving is followed in details, all his belongings are checked before he gets through the many doors to meet some friends and first of all a man, a psychologist I guess, who takes him to the city and shows him around in a world that has changed a lot. He buys a nice shirt, dresses up, goes and meets his sister, who does not seem to have a good life, on the contrary. Marek, the man, who takes care of him, advises Piotr to ”adjust your dreams to reality”, once you get out. Back again, a wordless scene, images speak in the fine tradition of well crafted short documentaries from Poland. Precise language, right to the point, sometimes pretty moving in its treatment of an important question – how to reintegrate prisoners in society.

Poland, 27 mins., 2011

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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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