Evening debate East-West migration in Europe

Catholic University Leuven - Erasmushuis
Subaru © Bram Goots Subaru © Bram Goots

On Wednesday 18th December in the evening we are organising together with the department of Slavic Studies and the Institute for Media Studies of the Catholic University of Leuven an evening about East-West migration in Europe. The goal of this conference is to look at the migration flow based on facts and at its role in European (visual) media. We are particularly interested in the migration from Poland to Belgium and the Netherlands. Małgorzata Bos-Karczewska, president of the Association of Polish Experts in the Netherlands (Stichting van Poolse experts in Nederland) and expert on migration issues, will give presentation on this phenomenon. Furthermore, we will show two shortfilms by the belgian director of polish-irish origin Philip James McGoldrick, who will be present as well to present his films and discuss further on this issue. Finally, Leen Engelen from the Institute of Media Studies and Kris Van Heuckelom of the department of Slavic Studies will present their book about East-West migration in European film.

>>> Who is Małgorzata Bos-Karczewska
>>> Who is Philip James McGoldrick
>>> Have a look at the programme
>>> Practical information

19:00 - Welcoming & presentation speakers
19:05 - Małgorzata Bos-Karczewska on Polish workers' migration inside the EU and the image about it in Dutch and Polish media
19:40 - Siemiany (2009) and Subaru (2013) by Philip James McGoldrick
20:15 - Q & A with Philip James McGoldrick
20:40 - Leen Engelen & Kris Van Heuckelom on European Cinema after the Wall: Screening East-West Mobility
21:00 - Reception

Małgorzata Bos-Karczewska
Małgorzata Bos-Karczewska is closely connected to polish migration to the Netherlands. She emigrated herself to the Netherlands in 1980. She finished her studies economics at the University of Amsterdam. After the changes in Central and Eastern Europe, she started working in journalism, first for the dutch newspaper De Volkskrant. Later she became a correspondent in The Hague for the polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita. In 2005 she received the Gold Cross of Merit of the Republic of Poland for mobilising the public opinion in the Netherlands in favour of Poland's entry into the EU. In the Netherlands she is often cited as a political commentator on Poland. She is president of the Association of Polish Experts in the Netherlands and chief editor of the website of the polish community in the Netherlands www.polonia.nl. The past 10 years she has developed into an expert on polish labour migration to the Netherlands. She advises the dutch Ministery of Social Affairs, research centres, municipalities and the Embassy of Poland in The Hague. She is co-author of the book “100 jaar heimee. De geschiedenis van Polen in Nederland” (100 years of being homesick. The history of Poland in the Netherlands), which was published in 2012. In 2012 she received the press prize for her article ‘Werken of wegwezen’ (Work or get out) in NRC Handelsblad, through which she strengthened the discussion on the treatment of polish migrants in the dutch and international media.

Philip James McGoldrick
Philip James McGoldrick was born in Warsaw in 1987. He finished his studies at the RITS film school in Brussels in 2009. He produced and directed the shortfilms Siemiany (Berlinale 2010) and Subaru (Leuven Short 2012) with Blondynka Films, a production house in Brussels, which he co-founded. He was also active as an advertisement and television maker in Belgium and Poland. At the moment he is enrolled in two years master at the National Film and Television School in the UK.

Andrzej and Michal are two young teenagers who come together every summer in the small tourist village ‘Siemiany’ on the countryside in Poland. Their friendship has grown into years of great memories and the boredom of the countryside takes the boys’ friendship to a new level of sexually loaded intimacy.
>>> More information on http://www.siemianythemovie.eu/
>>> Watch the trailer HERE


Michal joins his brother Lukasz in his Subaru Impreza; they drive their handicapped third brother Krolik to an illegal racing event in the suburbs of Warsaw. Michal, who hasn’t seen his brothers in a long time, observes Krolik, who has Down syndrome, and his obsessions with guns during their trip to the airport where the racing event takes place.
>>> Watch the trailer HERE

Practical information
>>> Catholic University Leuven, Erasmushuis, Justus Lipsiuszaal (Blijde Inkomststraat 21, 3000 Leuven) - see map
>>> Wednesday 18 December from 19:00 till 21:30
>>> Entrance is free - please reserve your seats by sending an email to brussel@instytutpolski.org
>>> Reception in the hall of Erasmushuis

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