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KREDENS: LIVE in Poland is a Danish-Polish event consisting of documentary film screening with live music (30 min) + panel discussion (45 min) + wine treat with snacks

2.10.2023 at 19.00  JCC Warszawa, Chmielna Street 9a, Warsaw. FREE ADMISSION

3.10.2023 at 20.00 Chopin Taras Cafe (outdoor), Smolna Street 14, Warsaw. FREE ADMISSION

40 years after his Polish-Jewish mother and family escaped Poland to Denmark, Jacob, a young Danish film director, visits the building in Wrocław where the family lived. He tries to engage in conversations with the current tenants about a piece of furniture left there, an old German credenza. During the search, Jacob also involves his mother over the phone, which opens up new clues and wider perspectives. A personal, tragicomic story about how history and displacement of people affects the identity and human memory of different generations.

The director and protagonist of the FILM and initiator of the project KREDENS: LIVE, Jacob Dammas, is a Danish (of Polish-Jewish descent) documentary filmmaker and creator of cultural projects, based in Copenhagen. Graduated in communications from Roskilde University in Denmark and documentary filmmaking from the Andrzej Wajda Film School in Warsaw. His first film in Poland, “Kredens”, was awarded at e.g. Krakow Film Festival 2007, Odense International Film Festival in Denmark 2008 and shown at DokLeipzig, Hot Docs Toronto, Cinema du Reel Paris, and more than 30 other festivals around the world. 

In this special Polish premiere (2023) of the film “Kredens” with LIVE MUSIC, a Danish-Polish duo performed on accordion and cello: Martin Bennebo (accordion), arranger of this music, graduate of the Royal Danish Academy of Music, regularly performed and recorded with the Danish and Polish bands Mademoiselle Karen and Czesław (Mozil) Spiewa. Martyna Sołtys (cello), a graduate of the Krzysztof Penderecki Academy of Music in Krakow, member of the Antarja string quartet and the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra, with which she tours in Poland and abroad. The composer of the music for the film “Kredens” is Stefan Thorsson.

After the ‘film concert’ on 2.10.2023 there was a PANEL DISCUSSION about the topics history, escape, identity, and bridging cultures through art and dialogue. The guests were Jacob Dammas, former Polish ambassador to Denmark Henryka Mościcka-Dendys, psychologist and March ’68 emigrant living in Denmark Ela Elczewska, and the moderator of the meeting was film director Małgorza Kozera.

The evening concluded with informal conversations and the TREAT of a glass of Israeli wine and snacks.

The event was initiated and organized by JDMedia /Jacob Dammas i StudioJOT /Józefina Jarmużewska, in partnership with JCC Warszawa, and co-financed by Art Music Denmark, the Wisti Foundation, the Ministries of Culture and Foreign Affairs of Denmark, the Embassy of Denmark in Poland (patronage), and the Taube Center Foundation as part of the European Days of Jewish Culture 2023.


KREDENS: LIVE in Poland, JCC Warszawa, 2.10.2023 – panel discussion with: Jacob Dammas (film director), Henryka Mościcka-Dendys (former Polish ambassador to Denmark) and online Ala Elczewska (psychologist, emigrant of March ’68), Małgorzata Kozera (moderator) / video editing Jacob Dammas, photos Mariusz Cieszewski

photos: Mariusz Cieszewski