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I Am Kuba

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When the family business goes bankrupt, Kuba and Mikołaj’s parents are forced to leave Poland to find work abroad. “I am Kuba” is a coming-of-age film about the twelve-year-old Kuba who must take care of his eight-year-old brother while his parents are away. As times goes by, Kuba becomes a teenager and rejects the big responsibility on his young shoulders. His family is forced to make a life changing decision.
It is estimated that in Poland alone more than 100,000 children are left by their parents who are forced to work abroad.


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Running Time: 58 min.
Subject(s): Children, Education, Family, Globalization, Immigration and Migration, Personal Story, Poverty, Society see all »
Language(s): Polish
Subtitles: English
Director(s):
Producer(s): Anita REHOFF LARSEN, Tone GRØTTJORD see all »
Cinematographer: Michal Jarosiński, Jacek see all »
Editor(s): Robert STENGÅRD
Production Company: SANT & USANT

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Festival & Awards

  • Nordic/Docs
    Award for Best Nordic Documentary Medium Length
  • TROMSØ Film Festival
    TROMSØ PALM AWARD
  • Docudays UA
  • Lübeck Nordic Film Days
  • Göteborg International Film Festival
  • Eurodok (Norway)
  • Docs Against Gravity Film Festival (Poland)
  • Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival
  • Dok Leipzig Special screening
  • Lübeck Nordic Film Days

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  • Synopsis

    Kuba (12) and Mikołaj’s (8) parents are forced to leave Poland to find work after their family business goes bankrupt. “I am Kuba” is a coming-of-age film about Kuba who looks after his little brother while his parents are away. The task is not easy when Kuba struggles with has his own worries and teenage dilemmas. As time goes by Kuba start rejecting the big responsibilty on his young shoulders. The family is forced to make life changing decision.
    Kuba is a responsible big brother. He is proud of the task he is given. He cooks, picks up his brother from school and make sure they go to bed at a reasonable time. On the phone from Vienna his mum tells him that it won’t be long until they will live together, but time goes by and the responsibility at home is becoming more challenging. He starts doubting his mum’s promises. Kuba becomes a teenager and he prefers to hang out with friends than taking care of his little brother.
    Kuba’s story is also the story about modern Europe. It is estimated that only in Poland more than 100,000 children are left by their parents who are forced to work abroad. «I am Kuba» is an intimate film about children growing up as ‘euro-orphans’.

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