Black Stork, White Stork

This ethnographic documentary looks at the cultural transitions taking place in a Polish village in Europe’s last primeval forest, which was transformed from a forest hamlet to an eco-tourist outpost after the fall of communism. It follows Leszek Szumarksi (Black Stork), an aging misfit bachelor, and his less charismatic brother, Mirek (White Stork), who, like the birds that symbolize them, struggle to adapt to changing economic and nature paradigms.


Writer: Eunice Blavascunas
Directors: Eunice Blavascunas, Jodie Baltazar
Producers: Eunice Blavascunas, Jodie Baltazar
Editor: Jodie Baltazar
Cinematographer: Borys Łabęda
Composer: Nagual


Selected Screenings and Awards

Rachel Carson Center, Germany
Screened at numerous conferences and in university courses


Documentary, Ethnographic, Short

Year, Length, Format

2014, 43 minutes, SD

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