I want to talk about the war

I want to talk about the war
fot. Marek Gorczyński
Where: Warszawa

Kinoteka, Pałac Kultury i Nauki, plac Defilad 1

How to research and document the war in Ukraine? A debate combined with a film screening with Ukrainian refugee women and female researchers.

The war in Ukraine and the influx to Poland and other countries of millions of people fleeing the Russian invasion has in a short space of time resulted in many research and documentation projects, both in academia and beyond. Researchers and activists want not only to help, but also to investigate and question, while many refugees - though not all - want to tell stories.

Magdalena Rigamonti will talk to researchers from Poland and Ukraine who collect histories from refugees. She will ask them, among other things, why to document and research the experience of refugees from Ukraine? How to talk to refugees about the experience of war? What competencies are needed to do so? What do they most often talk about and what collective image of the refugee emerges from the interviews? 

The discussion will be attended by:
- Anna Wylegała, coordinator of the project "24.02.2022, 5am: Testimonies of War"
- Anna Furman, manager of the project for documenting Russian crimes "Zakryti oczi" at the Holocaust Memorial Centre "Babi Jar"
- Jakub Kiersikowski, head of the Rafał Lemkin Centre for Documenting Russian Crimes in Ukraine
The debate will be moderated by Magdalena Rigamonti.

The discussion will be preceded by a short film in which two refugees, Svitlana Miałyk and Nina Semjankiw, tell their stories of the first days of the full-scale war and their escape to Poland.