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In case you’re wondering where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help—“Przekrój” (pronounced “p-SHEH-crooy”) is the oldest society and culture magazine in Poland, now available in English.

“Przekrój” Magazine brings English-speaking readers some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in the fields of wellbeing, art, literature, science, ecology, philosophy, psychology, and more. Take a break from the speed and intensity of the daily news and join us!

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"The Whale", a documentary produced by PRZEKRÓJ Foundation about the day when a whale appeared on a ...
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“The Whale” wins Jury Award at the Sebastopol Film Festival

“The Whale” wins Jury Award at the Sebastopol Film Festival

The Whale, a documentary produced by PRZEKRÓJ Foundation about the day when a whale appeared on a sandy beach in Warsaw, has won the Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival (SDFF) 2020 Jury Award for best Mini Doc film, Przekrój Magazine has learned from the organizers.

“Mysterious and cinematic, The Whale is a very conceptually rich and overall powerful film,” one of the jurors at the Californian festival commented.

The documentary, written and directed by Iza Pająk, recalls the events of Friday, 9th December 2017. It was supposed to be a regular day for those living in the Polish capital, Warsaw. However, at dawn a whale appeared.

This creature – which was huge, motionless and smelled of the ocean – was lying next to a bridge on a sandy Vistula shore in the centre of the city. Scientists were bustling about around it. People asked: Is it real? How on Earth did it get here? Is it possible to save it? As time passed by, it turned out that the whale was actually a sculpture by the Belgian collective Captain Boomer, which had been brought to Warsaw by our quarterly magazine. It was a sculpture that raised questions.

Watch the documentary “The Whale” and read more about the events of that day here. 

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