Open Air Summer Cinema“The Art of Survival”

The Open Air Cinema in Copernicus consists in cinematic gatherings taking place every Friday at 9 p.m., which are dedicated to subjects close to all of us. We would like to invite you to our survival series. We will take a closer look at the Homo sapiens’ struggle against adversities that have to be overcome in order to preserve and further develop our kind.

We will show you ambitious and original movies on the big screen, in the open air. We will present both sophisticated documentaries and great comedies. Each screening will start with a short discussion with experts, who will share their knowledge on crucial social issues.
Movie discussions will be led by Olga Woźniak, a science journalist at Gazeta Wyborcza.

Films are shown in original language versions with Polish subtitles.

Main partner of the Open Air Summer Cinema:

Partner of the Open Air Summer Cinema:

26 August, 9 p.m.
Walking Under Water

(2014, dir. Eliza Kubarska | 76 min, Poland, UK, Germany, Indonesia | documentary)

Is cultural and biological diversity the condition for the human species to survive? What happens when culture and language die?

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The Badjao are sea gypsies living on water on the coast of the Philippines, Borneo and Indonesia. They developed incredible abilities to hold breath for several minutes and accustomed their eyes to seeing sharply underwater, which allows them to spend time on the bottom of the ocean hunting for fish. Their children first learn to swim, then to walk on land. Unfortunately, the tourist industry cuts them from the primal islands they have lived on and where they have taken drinking water from. The Badjao are forced to live in distant slums, where their initial lifestyle withers. A 12 year-old Sari has to make a choice whether to stay with his uncle, learn the difficult art of free-diving and continue the traditions of the Badjao, or have a safer and better paid position in a tourist resort instead. Uncle Alexan is also a seemingly unlimited source of magical legends and customs. Is there a chance for the Badjao culture to survive?

Biological and cultural diversity are the conditions for the survival of the human kind. Only 6% of all the people in the world are the native societies of respective areas on the Earth – the Aborigines in Australia, the Maori in New Zealand and the Badjao on the coast of Borneo. For ages, they have lived in peace with nature, running an extensive, self-sufficient economy. Every day they have to face assimilation, being pushed to leave their land or being marginalised. Their self-determination rights are abridged. Same goes for the participation in political and economic life. The interests of global corporations and national authorities are above the rights of native communities to survive in their primal spirit and nature.

After the screening of the documentary, which will close our series, we will talk about the societies that are in danger of losing their own culture for the sake of civilisation assimilation. What dies along with these cultures? How do such losses affect our modern civilisation? How can we help preserve the multicultural identity of our world?

Special Guest: Nicole Dołowy-Rybińska – culture expert, sociolinguist. Shen works in the Institute for Slavic Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Her main interests are issues related to the European language and ethnic minorities, endangered languages protection methods, and cultural identity establishment strategies. She conducts anthropological research on multiculturalism and multilingualism in the areas inhabited by autochthonic minorities, mainly in Lusatia, Kashubia, in Bretagne and in Wales.

Previous films:

1 July, 9 p.m.
Cave of Forgotten Dreams

(2010, dir. Werner Herzog | 1h 30 min, France, Canada, Germany, USA, UK | documentary)

What kind of natural conditions and what features of the species allowed the Homo sapiens to survive, dominate the whole world and start a civilisation?

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A documentary “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” will open our series. The movie will take us around 40,000 years back, to the times of the prehistoric man. We will consider which features make the Homo sapiens so special and which enabled it to absorb other species, conquer and dominate the world and finally start a civilisation. Herzog’s movie is not only a unique piece of documentation of an archaeological monument but also a profound, metaphysical story of ourselves.

Special guest: Marcin Ryszkiewicz, Ph.D. – a promoter of science and a trained geologist. His scope of interests includes evolutionism, the human origins and the human impact on the environment. Currently, he is working at the Museum of the Earth at the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw

8 July, 9 p.m.

(2011, dir. Ken Scott | 1h 49 min, Canada | comedy, drama)

The survival of genes – new reproductive strategies of the Homo sapiens.

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David Wosniak is a 42 year-old irresponsible slacker who has not come to terms with his own life. He has a complicated relationship with his girlfriend Valerine, who announces one day that she is pregnant. Things get even more complicated when he learns that he is a biological father of 533 children conceived via artificial insemination. As many as 142 of them want to know his identity. In order to do so, they file a class action against David.

The biological goal of every species is to ensure the survival of its genes. Changes taking place in cultural norms, as well as the development of medicine and technology affect our sexuality and reproduction strategies. What benefits do we get and what individual and social costs do we have to pay along with these changes taking place?

Special Guest: Karolina Domagalska – an editor and a journalist at Wysokie Obcasy. She studied ethnology at the University of Warsaw and followed up with gender studies at the Central European University in Budapest. There, she got intrigued by the reproductive medicine and its impact on the perception of traditional family and kindred. She is the author of “I Will Not Apologise for Giving Birth: Stories of IVF Families” (Nie przeproszę, że urodziłam. Historie kobiet z in vitro), nominated for the Ryszard Kapuściński Award for Literary Reportage.

15 July, 9 p.m.

(2009, dir. Henrik Hellström, Fredrik Wenzel | 1h 16 min, Sweden | drama)

How to find oneself in modern society?

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The movie shows a suburban Swedish borough located in a picturesque neighbourhood full of wild nature. Through the eyes of an 11 year-old, we see that the citizens lead comfortable, tidy and boring lives, without leaving the comfort zones of their own homes. The relationships between the citizens are almost invisible, sometimes cold or just formal. Several individuals cannot and do not want to fit in the reality around them and break out of the box. What do they miss? What are they looking for?

Living in the society allowed the Homo sapiens to survive and build a civilisation. How did our society evolve and what new experiences does it generate now? How and where are we looking for a sense of belonging to a group or a foundation to build an individual identity? Will we find the essence of existence in the modern day reality?

Special Guest: Mirosława Marody – professor at the University of Warsaw, sociologist. Her key fields of research are postmodern societies, Polish society and social history of an individual. Author of books, including Individual in postmodernity („Jednostka po nowoczesności”).

22 July, 9 p.m.
Neighbouring Sounds

(2012, dir. Kleber Mendonça Filho | 2h 11 min, Brazil | drama, thriller)

How to survive in a big city?

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A typical Brazilian agglomeration. Low buildings in the less representative parts of the city neighbour the zones with high and modern residential skyscrapers. The story takes place right here, among the cold and concrete architecture of blocks full of curvy and narrow corridors, bars and gates. Sultry weather, heat and stickiness linger everywhere. The title neighbouring sounds are magnified and irritating, they build up the suspense and make your imagination going. We peek into the lives of isolated and solitary tenants of the house. We get an impression that there is a secret or a pact that they share. One day a private security company offering their services to the tenants arrives in the neighbourhood. Ever since that moment, the feeling of unease intensifies. Where is the danger? Will these inconspicuous security guards be able to provide safety to people living in the neighbourhood? Whom and from whom will they protect?

Until recently the Homo sapiens used to live in open territories, close to nature. Right now, more than half of the Earth’s population live in urban areas. Throughout the last few decades, with a rapid growth of agglomerations, many town planning factors, such as population density, noise, nature of the development, have influenced psychological and physiological reactions, as well as people’s social behaviour. How to create a common space in order to neutralise the stress caused by living in a large city and build proper social and neighbour relations?

Can fencing of housing estates, monitoring, security agencies satisfy the need for safety or do they sustain a sense of atavistic danger? Can the creation of ghettos be considered a process of “biotic” competition between groups (which share the class or economic position) for the best territory locations? The noise – does it really affect our functioning so drastically? How do different architectural forms affect our mental state and emotions?

Special Guest: prof. Maria Lewicka, Ph.D. – social and community psychologist, Head of  the Centre for Community Research at the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Warsaw. Author of books, including Psychology of place („Psychologia miejsca”).

29 July, 9 p.m.
Force Majeure

(2014, dir. Ruben Östlund | 1h 58 min, Denmark, France, Norway, Sweden | drama)

A male hero, a defender, unbreakable in situations where his or others’ lives are in danger. What is the origin of such an image?

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Winter holidays in a ski resort in the Alps. A seemingly happy Swedish family – a married couple Ebba and Thomas with two children. A holiday trip goes on in a nice atmosphere until the family has to face a force majeure event. Ebba is shocked by her husband’s behaviour in the critical moment. The situation unleashes an intensifying spiral of extreme reactions and emotions. What can we expect from the main protagonist in a dangerous situation? Should we judge automatic and instinctive actions taken by Thomas in terms of traditionally perceived heroic image of a man?

Whose interest is it to sustain the image of a male hero, a defender and a risk-taker, who proves to be unbreakable in situations where his or others’ lives are in danger? Is there an evolutionary explanation to that? In times of comfort and gender equality, can we expect that? Or maybe we want to? In such a situation, what do women expect from men and what do men expect from themselves?

Special Guest: Jacek Masłowski – a philosopher, a Gestalt psychotherapist, a group coach. He works at the Warsaw Centre for Psychotherapy and Psychiatry. In psychotherapy, he aims at determining the underlying reasons for problems and discovering how they can be affected, thus giving a chance to significantly improve the quality of life. He specialises in the problems of a modern man. He is the founder and president of the Masculinum Foundation.

5 August, 9 p.m.
Beasts of the Southern Wild

(2012, dir. Benh Zeitlin | 1h 33 min, USA | drama, fantasy)

How to survive when forces of nature hit us hard?

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Bathtub is an unusual society that lives on a swampy overflow area, cut from the rest of the world by a dam. One day, the biggest rain of all times comes along with the risk of flooding the village. Most of the inhabitants get ready to evacuate. But a quick-tempered father of a 6 year-old Hushpuppy doesn’t even think about running away. He and his daughter barricade themselves at home and decide to face the nature.

Every 12th inhabitant of our planet lives in a place vulnerable to natural disasters. Expansive development of the world, demographic explosion and uncontrolled architectural development push people to terrains vulnerable to natural disasters. Even though the territory of Poland is not prone to earthquakes, typhoons or tornados, we are not free from floods, fires and droughts. A changing climate intensifies these events even more. In Poland, 2 million hectares are located within the flood danger zone. We built in river valleys and bank terrains but shrinking forest zones cannot stop the water.

The flood is a traumatic experience for every victim and the whole society. It’s not only a situation of a direct threat to human life but also a loss of valuables and souvenirs, and a long-term reconstruction of the lost belongings. Why do individuals and societies react to the call for evacuation differently? What psychological and social effects the flood victims have to cope with? How should we help sensibly in order to prevent social catastrophes?

Special Guest: Ewa Witkowska, Ph.D. – a psychologist, a graduate of the Psychology Institute at the University of Warsaw, an associate professor at the Institute of Applied Psychology at the Maria Grzegorzewska University in Warsaw. Her scientific interests include psychological effects of traumatic events.

19 August, 9 p.m.
It’s a Disaster

(2012, dir. Todd Berger | 1h 28 min, USA | drama, comedy)

How will you survive a disaster?

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Tracy brings her possible future boyfriend to a party. Whether she will continue this romantic acquaintance depends on the approval of her friends. Initially, the meeting goes well, the atmosphere is casual, with gossip and stuff, but everything changes when it turns out that there has been a mysterious disaster in the city. Friends are not prepared for a disaster. Uncertain about their lives and trapped in the house, they all have different survival strategies.

The current social structure can be compared to a system of connected vessels. Any technological disaster that lasts for some time and covers a larger region is a perfect reflection of this system. When one element of the machine fails, others start malfunctioning too. We are living in a network of dependence. Further specialisation makes us rely on experts in the realisation of most of our life needs. The feeling of constant comfort makes us off our guard. Individually, we lose basic qualities that allow us to cope with difficult situations. Trained helplessness becomes a global problem. We do not want to be held responsible for ourselves, we wait for help from the outside: from others, the country, the rescue services. However, in case of a disaster, we should start helping ourselves and the people around us. How to avoid living in obsessive preparedness and still be prepared to cope with any unexpected event?

Special Guest: Sergiusz Borecki – bushcrafter, survival instructor, qualified tourism instructor, leader of qualified tourism, local history instructor and PTTK instructor, caver, cave tourism organiser and instructor, tour guide and national parks guide, first aid instructor. He completed a trapping course in the USA. He holds the Outdoor and Physical Education diploma. The founder and owner of QUINOX Bushcraft School.


Each Friday during the summer from
1 July until
26 August 2016
Films start at 9 p.m.

Free entry, limited places available


Summer stage of the CSC, at the back of the building.

In the case of bad weather, events will be organised inside the Centre.