The Sisters

  • Poland
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Behind the mighty eighteenth-century wall of the oldest enclosed convent in Poland - Benedictine convent in Staniatki, near Krakow - the life of twelve nuns in their 70s goes on. Despite their age and the world of rapid change, they try to comply with the rule set over ten centuries ago ‘ORA et LABORA’ each day. Our protagonists – nuns Anuncjata and Benedykta (40 years in convent) – introduce us to the world behind the wall telling us about their lives and decisions in a specific way. They show us the world of convent in true colours, without stereotypes, often touching and amusing at the same time. This is the film about silence said aloud.


  • Original title
  • Direction
  • DOP
    Janusz Szymański
  • Editing
    Marcin Wojciechowski
  • Sound
    Bogdan Klat
  • Duration
    19 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Poland
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • MakeDox, Macedonia, 2018
    • 58th Krakow Film Festival, Poland, 2018
    • DOK Leipzig, Germany, 2018
    • Neisse Film Festival 2019, Germany, 2019
    • Atlantic International Film Festival, 2019
    • Maryland Film Festival, USA, 2020
    • DokuBaku International Documentary Film Festival, Azerbaijan, 2020
  • Awards
    • 58th Krakow Film Festival (Silver Dragon, Special Mention)
    • Neisse Film Festival 2019 (Best Short Film)
    • Atlantic International Film Festival (Best Documentary Short Film) is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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