The Fledglings

dir. Lidia Duda / 2022 / Poland / 84min.
The Studio Cinemas Association Award in the Polish Competition; TVP Dokument Award; Special mentions in the main competition for The Gdynia Mayor Award; Bydgoszcz Art.Doc Award
Zosia has a strong personality, Oskar is vulnerable and Kinga is independent but shy – these first-graders are entering a boarding school for blind and visually impaired children

Imaginative and spirited Zosia, sensitive and self-conscious Oskar, and independent, but shy Kinga start their first year at the boarding school for visually impaired and blind children. Like fledglings, the seven-year-olds are too young to leave home. Facing the difficult separation from their parents, they try to support each other…

This is a film about the life lesson on ‘spreading your wings’ and about the things that help us get through another day even though the world is falling to pieces around us. Leaving for the boarding school is a formative moment in the children's lives. The situation that initially hurts will finally make them stronger. They have no choice but to find motivation to fight, and they change to face this lifetime challenge. They quickly discover that their mum or dad offering a helping hand can be replaced by their classmate. They find out they can lean on each other. Then, they realize nobody understands them as well as another child who goes through the same thing as they do. Friendships develop. Based on empathy, they are exceptionally strong and long-standing.

This film is a journey into the world of children's inner life, compassion, sensibility, artistic expression and force of character. The world in which the support and closeness of another child is like oxygen, which carries them through the hardest moments.


84 min
country / year of production:
Poland / 2022
Lidia Duda
Wojciech Staroń, Zuzanna Zachara-Hassairi
Anna Bławut-Mazurkiewicz / Aura Films
selected festivals and awards:
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