Three generations of women from one family are confronted with questions about the heredity of shame. Who and what do they abandon in order to free themselves from it?
Shame is the last part of Małgorzata Wdowik's theatre triptych dedicated to the topic of emotions. The directress parts from a personal story in order to examine how shame functions and how it becomes a tool for creating social inequality. She wonders who is privileged to talk about weakness and shame, as well as asks how to do it. Shame is, after all, the moment when we become visible, even though we are not ready for it. The artist invited to her project Agata Baumgart, a theatre and film directress in whose work documentary strategies are often used.
From the directress’s explication:
The story seemed boring for her during some time. She tried to write it down once, the other time she even bought a notebook but ended up with writing just one page: the moment she was born. And it was not that she didn’t remember. Thanks to her mother she had a good memory. Because when she was pregnant with her, she didn't let her husband sleep with her. It's almost like with farm animals: people allow them to copulate or not. In the countryside the difference wasn't so much noticed. And when she started writing, she understood that she was a loser from the very beginning, because even those animals were more important than their family. The pigs had to be given food and people did not necessarily have to be given food. Because a pig, when it eats, will be fat and there will be money in it. And what can you get from children? She was not able to answer this question and so she stopped writing.
Directed by: Małgorzata Wdowik
Text: Weronika Murek, Małgorzata Wdowik
Documentary material, film editing: Agata Baumgart
Camera operator: Agata Baumgart / Michał Stajniak
Light direction, space: Aleksandr Prowaliński
Music: Jan Rabiej
Dramatic collaboration: Olga Drygas
Costumes: Jadwiga Wdowik
Video sound correction: Sebastian Dembski
Cast: Magdalena Cielecka, Ewa Dałkowska, Jaśmina Polak
The song used in the performance is: "Baby" by Donnie Charles Emerson
For purposes of visual identification, the photograph from the series „Mama”, © Aneta Grzeszykowska 2018, was used.