Ala from the Primer

Director: Edyta Wróblewska

written and directed by Edyta Wróblewska director of photography Piotr Niemyjski editing by Agnieszka Glińska, Polish Association of Film Editors (PSM) produced by Kalejdoskop Film Studio, ul. Chełmska 21, 00-724 Warsaw, tel. +48 22 851 17 79, e-mail:, co-financing Polish Film Institute

colour, Betacam SP, 28′
Poland 2009


The film portrays Dr. Alina Margolis-Edelman, who was the model for Ala from The Primer by Marian Falski. During the war she studied at the Nursing School in the Warsaw ghetto. In 1968 she was forced to emigrate from Poland. She took part in expeditions of the French humanitarian group “Doctors Without Borders” saving children all over the world. A portrait of an elderly lady with indefatigable energy, who accomplishes things that seem impossible to the rest of the world.

Translated by Monika Miziniak | Edited by Patricia Koza