PINK HORIZON – teaser – work in progress

In the middle of XIX century among many other Europeans seeking a better life, polish-silesian inhabitants of a small village left their homeland and travelled to the USA to establish their dream settlement. For most of them it was the…

PINK HORIZON - teaser - work in progress

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In the middle of XIX century among many other Europeans seeking a better life, polish-silesian inhabitants of a small village left their homeland and travelled to the USA to establish their dream settlement. For most of them it was the first time they ever left their small Silesian village of Płużnica Wielka. Filled with utopian ideas about the unknown land they were collided with brutal reality: many died during the hard journey leading from a German port Bremen, to Texas ports Galveston and Indianola and then further inland towards their destination. Upon arrival they were to find an unfriendly land, very harsh weather conditions and unfriendly neighbours. The ones that survived established Panna Maria – a first polish settlement in USA. Unfortunately life in the promised land was not what they thought it will be. After only a few years they casted away their leader and a person responsible for the whole operation: a priest Moczygemba, a visionary who in their eyes was no one more than a false prophet.
In the 1970ies in the midst of the polish communist regime Kazimierz Kutz – a brilliant polish filmmaker, one of the leading figures of the Polish Film School, decided to film this events. The film entitled Pink horizon was to close his opus vitae: Silesian Trilogy. Unfortunately due to the obvious political reasons the film production was never even started. Kutz forced by the communist authorities dropped the idea and for many years everybody forgotten about it… up until 2014 when a film historian professor Tadeusz Lubelski reintroduced it in his book The un-made films of PPR. In 2016 Tomasz Kolankiewicz after reading Tadeusz Lubelski’s book starts his quest to rediscover the true story of the XIX century settlers. His goal is to finally write a script of Kazimierz Kutz unmade film. During his search he follows settlers traces, meets many intriguing people and finally finds a documentation prepared for Kutz’s project in the 70ies: 8mm tapes with documentation material for the unmade Pink horizon. He sets out to discover new facts and the unknown part of the adventure that happened to utopian settlers in Texas.
Laura Pawela’s Pink Horizon is an artistic mockumentary which by showing the true story of settlers and Panna Maria will try to reach the core of the ideas that pushed the settlers to seek a new place to leave. Basing on the utopian socialism theories of Charles Fourier, and while visiting the long gone settlements in the USA Pawela’s main protagonist – Tomasz Kolankiewicz will not only thoroughly explore the settlers true story, but also with the help of fabricated archive material will discover a ‘what could have been’ story of their new settlement: a New Silesia village – a place free from religious and politic authorities. A village bound to fail, a village that still today could be an ideal dream destination of all of those who seek a brave new world.

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