Since I was a little girl, I’ve always loved telling stories, and I adore film; who doesn’t? Recently, I decided to try and tell stories via film. My partner Eve’s life inspired me, and she graciously agreed to be my subject.
So, with my first film Return to Narbutta Street, I wanted to explore memory and the ways that we re-imagine and re-write our own life stories over time. Two themes absorbed me: return to places from the past, and what a child experiences when normal family life is abruptly ended by war. Perhaps this glimpse into Eve’s life will remind you of your own childhood memories.
Return to Narbutta Street is about Eve Zaremba’s return to her childhood home in Warsaw. Below is the link to Return to Narbutta Street on the website of the Gdynia Museum of Emigration. Only the title appears in Polish, the film is in English. The site also features interviews with Eve and still photos.
My second short film Search for Kaskada is a road trip in Poland featuring Eve and Ottie as they hunt for Eve’s grandmother’s cottage. Although 75 years have gone by, Eve hopes to find this magical place in the mountains, but there is only one clue: the name “Kaskada”. Senior lesbians navigating by car, in a foreign country, have moments of frustration, humour, and serendipity.
Search for Kaskada is also featured on the website of the Gdynia Museum of Emigration. Only the title appears in Polish, the film is in English.
I’m incubating a couple of projects, and promise to share them in the future.