When I Am a Bird
28' & 40' | 2013 | Poland | Documentary | dir. Monika Pawluczuk

When I Am a Bird


  • International premiere: 56. DOK-Leipzig Film Festival, 2013
  • polish premiere - Krakow Film Festival, 2013


"When I Am A Bird", immersed  in the world of fortune tellers and ghosts, tells the story of the attempt to change one's fate. MuLa, a Kayan woman, refugee from Burma, has been living in Thailand for two years with her husband and all her sons. On the other side of the border her only  daughter is left. The mother wants to bring her over to a better world. The time of  waiting, full of anxiety and tension, sets the rhythm and the atmosphere  of the film. 

festivals & awards

  • 9th Golden Anteaters, Lublin (2015) - Masters of Observation Award
  • Apricot Tree International Ethnographic Film Festival, 2015 - Grand Prix
  • 28th Pärnu International Documentary and Antropological Film Festival, Estonia, 2014 
  • DOCSDF - International Documentary Film Festival of Mexico City, Mexico, 2014 
  • 33rd Jean Rouch International Film Festival, France 2014
  • Festival of the Migrant Film, Slovenia (2014), Special Mention
  • Biarritz Film Festival (2014)
  • TRT Documentary Awards, Istanbul (2014)
  • 24th MEDIAWAVE International Film and Music Festival, Hungary (2014)
  • Documenta Madrid, Spain (2014) 
  • Norwegian Documentary Film Festival (2014)
  • Documentary Film Festival, Southeast Asia, Jakarta (2014)
  • Węgiel Film Festival, Award for The Best Cinematography for Paweł Chorzępa, Katowice, Poland (2014) 
  • filmPOLSKA Festival, Berlin, Germany (2014)
  • Festival Cinema du Brive, Francja (2014)
  • FIDE International Student Documentary Films Festival, Saint-Ouen, France (2014)
  • 36th International Woman Film Festival, Creteil, France (2014)
  • 5th International Documentary Film Festival "Tranzyt", Poznan (2013)
  • FIDÉ  Brazilian edition of the International Student Documentary Films Festival,Curitiba (2013)
  • International Short Film Festival "Żubroffka", Białystok, Poland (2013)
  • 13 th International Watch Docs Film Festival, Human Rights in Film, Warsaw, Poland (2013)
  • Human Doc International Film Festival, Warsaw, Poland (2013)
  • 21st International Film Festival "Camerimage", Short Documentary Films Competition, Bydgoszcz (2013)
  • Media Festival "Man in Danger", , Special Award of The President of Polish Filmmakers Association Łódź, Poland (2013)
  • Off Cinamea Film Festival, Posen (2013)
  • 7th Five Flavours Film Festival, Warsaw (2013)
  • 56th DOK LEIPZIG, Leipzig (2013)
  • 14th Summer Film Academy, Zwierzyniec, Poland (2013)
  • 42nd Lubuskie Film Summer, Łagów, Poland (2013)The Award of Film Culture Club
  • 13th T-mobile New Horizons Film Festival, Wrocław, Poland (2013)
  • 32nd Młodzi i Film Festival, Koszalin, Poland (2013)
  • 53rd Krakow Film Festival - Polish film competition (2013)
  • 53rd Krakow Film Festival - International film competition (2013)


Monika Pawluczuk
Monika Pawluczuk
Paweł Chorzępa
Marcin Latanik
współpraca montażowa
Leszek Molski
sound on the set
Michał Robaczewski, Małgorzata Staroń
Dariusz Wancerz
executive producer
Monika Pawluczuk
executive producer
Katarzyna Ślesicka
Produkcja Filmów Jacek Bławut
Wajda Studio


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