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Welcome to "Przekrój"!

In case you wonder where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help. “Przekrój” (pron. ‘p-SHEH-crooy’) is the oldest magazine about society and culture in Poland. Now it’s also available in English!

“Przekrój” Magazine brings to the English reader some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in such fields as culture, society, ecology and literature. Stand aside from the haste and fierceness of everyday news and join us now!

Mateusz Demski

is a film critic and journalist. He spends his free time expanding his ever-growing collection of Star Wars gadgets.

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Too Close to Midnight

Too Close to Midnight
An Interview with Yael Bartana

Reading / culture
Israeli visual artist Yael Bartana talks about the prospect of women ruling the world, patriarchal norms, and her new film “Two Minutes to Midnight”. Mateusz Demski
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The Dream Factory on the Vltava

The Dream Factory on the Vltava
The Story of Barrandov Film Studios

Reading / culture
Barrandov Studios is the largest film studio in the Czech Republic. Today, it is used for blockbuster Hollywood productions, but how did it all begin? Mateusz Demski
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War Is a Male Game

War Is a Male Game
An Interview with Jasmila Žbanić

Reading / culture
Bosnian director Jasmila Žbanić talks about her film “Quo Vadis, Aida?”, the Srebrenica massacre, and why women’s perspectives of war are important. Mateusz Demski
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Mission: Visibility

Mission: Visibility
An Interview with Teatr 21’s Justyna Sobczyk

Reading / society
People with Down’s syndrome and autism are often ignored by the public. The Warsaw-based theatre Teatr 21 wants to change that. Mateusz Demski
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Forman on Freedom

Forman on Freedom
An Interview with Helena Třeštíkova

Reading / culture
The celebrated Czech documentary film-maker Helena Třeštíkova talks about the influence of Miloš Forman on her cinema and how she made the film “Forman vs. Forman”. Mateusz Demski
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Halik’s Many Faces

Halik’s Many Faces
An Interview with Marcin Borchardt

Reading / culture
Marcin Borchardt, director of the documentary film “Tony Halik”, talks about myths and realities across the life of one of Poland’s most loved journalists. Mateusz Demski
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Understanding the Chukchi

Understanding the Chukchi
An Interview with Maciej Cuske

Reading / culture
Maciej Cuske, director of the documentary “The Whale From Lorino”, talks about the Far East region of Chukotka, the influence of the USSR on the Chukchi people, and how our fight against nature is doomed to fail. Mateusz Demski
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All That Jazz in Me

All That Jazz in Me
An Interview with Joanna Kulig

Reading / culture
Polish actor Joanna Kulig talks about her love of jazz music, balancing her personal and professional life, and her role in the Netflix miniseries “The Eddy”. Mateusz Demski
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A Matter of Life and Death

A Matter of Life and Death
10 (Un)inspiring Films From Central Europe

Reading / culture
Some Polish films make you lose the will to live, whereas other Czech films help you embrace life anew. These two neighbours couldn’t be any more different. Mateusz Demski
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We Are All Parasites

We Are All Parasites
An Interview with Bong Joon-ho

Reading / culture
Bong Joon-ho talks about inequality, violence and the family in his latest film, the Oscar-winning black comedy “Parasite”. Mateusz Demski
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Truth and Fictions

Truth and Fictions
An Interview with Agnieszka Holland

Reading / culture
Agnieszka Holland talks about her new film “Mr. Jones”, and how we find ourselves at a timely moment for a story about a journalist uncovering brutal facts amid perfidious misdirection. Mateusz Demski