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Silent Love (12A) [UK Premiere] + ScreenTalk

Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2023

Two women sit on a boat

Aga is adopting her teenage brother after their mother’s death, inviting intense probing into her life. But there’s something she can’t share: her girlfriend Maja.

In their conservative Polish village Aga must keep her long-term relationship with Maja hidden from friends and family, and now the social workers, for fear of losing Milosz. 

Silent Love counters the traditional family social norms to which Milosz is subjected at school, and the personal questions of the court where Aga must make a good impression, with tender images of a relationship freely lived away from prying eyes

A coming-of-age and a coming-out story about embracing new roles and redefining old ones, this film delicately captures the trio's discreet struggle as they begin to live as a family in a country where LGBT rights have been eroded.

Screentalk with filmmaker Marek Kozakiewicz (via Zoom), Founder of the Polish Women’s Strike Marta Lempartand Senior Researcher of Women's Rights Division, Human Rights Watch, Hillary Margolis.


Germany/Poland 2022 Dir Marek Kozakiewicz 72 min (in the Polish language)

Please note: this film contains brief instances of offensive language. 

Captioned Screening: HOH captions, including text description of significant sound effects as well as dialogue. Live-captioning of post-screening discussion. 

There is audio description available for this title. We provide audio description using the Dolby Screentalk system. The film soundtrack comes through the speakers in the usual way and a recorded narrator explains what is happening on screen through personal headphones. Please ask a member of staff for a set of headphones.

This film is also available to watch online on the Human Rights Watch Film Festival streaming platform from Mon 20 Mar at 12:01am, to Fri 26 March at 11:59pm.

‘This is such a beautiful film -- subtle, understated and emotionally attuned.‘
Graeme Reid, Director, LGBT Rights, Human Rights Watch

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