The First Day

Director: Marcin Sauter

written, directed & shot by Marcin Sauter music by Tomasz Gwinciński edited by Tymek Wiskirski sound by Michał Marczak production manager Agnieszka Janowska produced by Eureka Media, Smulikowskiego 13 apt. 10, 00-384 Warsaw, phone +4822 828 4810, e-mail: producer Krzysztof Kopczyński co-produced by Telewizja Polska – TVP Kultura, Woronicza 17, 00-999 Warsaw, e-mail: co-financed by The Polish Film Institute; The Adam Mickiewicz Institute
Betacam SP, colour, 16:9, 26′

Poland 2007


60 first-year pupils from a distant tundra arrive at their school in a Siberian town of Aksarka. Without their parents’ support, deprived of the contact with nature, the children have to face a completely different reality.


  • One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Prague, Czech Republic – Special Mention (March 2008)
  • Docudays – International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Kiev, Ukraine – Award (April 2008)
  • Kraków Film Festival 2007 – Student Jury Award in National Competition
  • Doclisboa 2007, Lisbon, Portugal – Johnnie Walker Award for Best Short Documentary (October 2007) 
  • Polish Film Festival in America, Chicago, 2007 – Audience Award
  • International Film Festival “Off Cinema”, Poznań, 2007 – Main Award
  • Siena International Film Festival, Italy, 2007 – Special Mention for Documentary Film in International Competition