1971-1980DocumentaryMarcel LozinskiPolandShort Film

Marcel Lozinski – Egzamin dojrzalosci AKA Matriculation (1979)

A Matura exam in civics and history takes place in one of Warsaw’s high schools. Students speak about the Polish United Workers’ Party in front of the committee and discuss questions among themselves in the corridor.

A Matura exam in civics and history is underway. High school graduates are examined by the committee. In the corridor, they discuss the questions with other students. Questions about national awareness, personal characteristics of a party member, the party’s leadership role, and the desire to join the Polish United Workers’ Party are really common. The students complain that they cannot say what they really think because they may not pass the exam. During the exam, they discuss the types of democracy, party systems in the world, and the provisions of the constitution of the People’s Republic of Poland. Plenty of the candidates want to study political science or journalism. One ambitious student complains about questions that cannot be answered frankly. An ambitious female student confesses that her parents are really happy with the fact that she wants to join the party, they are sure that they raised her in a proper way. The students are young, friendly and logical, however, their opinions are not adjusted to the difficult socio-political situation of 1979.

Marcel Łoziński’s observational documentary is a portrayal of the youth of the late 1970s, it also presents a more complex phenomenon – the double standard of a citizen who cannot express his thoughts freely. The crux of the film is presented during diction exercises and a performance by a youth choir, the singers ask themselves the following question: “Are we going to create beauty?”. The performance is interrupted by the reading of the list of graduates. The youth and purity of the young and friendly students seem to be exposed to the destructive power of propaganda, the collapse of ideals and the practice of real socialism. The film won the Bronze Hobby-Horse award at the Krakow Film Festival (1981).


Container:  	Matroska
Runtime: 	16 min 28 s
Size: 	480 MiB
Codec: 	h264
Resolution: 	1920x1080 
Aspect ratio:  	16:9
Frame rate: 	25.000 fps
Bit rate: 	3 970 kb/s
BPP: 	0.077
#1:  	Polish 2.0ch AAC LC @ 98.4 kb/s (Polish)



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