"Little Bride" Awarded in Mexico

Lesław Dobrucki’s documentary Przyrzeczona (Little Bride) was awarded in Mexico. The film was produced by the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing.


Dobrucki’s documentary received Honourable Mention in the Speak Out Against Domestic Violence short film competition organized by the Expresión En Corto International Film Festival & Avon Mexico.


Little Bride tackles the issue of pervasive domestic violence against women, which remains a taboo subject within Turkish communities. A young Turkish woman was sent off to Germany and forced to marry at the age of thirteen. Her personal hell began not long afterwards; she was beaten and abused in many ways. After a few years, she managed to escape; she remains in hiding to this day, which enabled her to tell us her story. The film was made within the framework of the “Jerusalem-Warsaw-Cologne. Triangle Dialogue” programme of the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing, the ifs International Film School in Cologne, and the Sam Spiegel Film School in Jerusalem, with support from the Polish Film Institute and the NRW Film Fund of North Rhine-Westphalia.


Little Bride had its international premiere at this year’s Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. In Poland, Dobrucki’s film won the award for Best Polish Short Film at the Tranzyt festival in Poznań, received special mention at the Quest Europe festival in Zielona Góra, and most recently won another two awards at the Ofeliada festival in Gniezno and Second Prize at the prestigious Vilnius Film Shorts festival in Lithuania.


Lesław Dobrucki is a graduate of the Graphic Department of the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts and the Documentary Filmmaking Course of the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing. As a student at the Wajda School, he made the films Ekipa (together with Kuba Maciejko and Rafał Samborski) and Kilka mniejszych wygranych. Also makes animated films.


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Translated by Karolina Kołtun