Shadows of the Empire
Can you live in a shadow cast by an empire? This question keeps coming back in each of the three stories. Though the Soviet Union disappeared from maps thirty years ago, Alexei from Nagorno-Karabakh, Timur from Ukraine and Alexander from Georgia still live in uncertainty, forced to face the eponymous “shadows of the empire” every single day.
Nearly eighty-year-old legendary sailor, Captain Krzysztof Baranowski, is not going to retire any time soon. He wants to build a new, solid training ship for future generations. In order to make his dream come true, he has to fight a lonely battle for funds. Do his achievements still mean anything in a new reality of free-market economy driven only by profit and commercial relevance?
A day in the life of 19-year-old Karol who looks after his grandfather with Alzheimer’s disease. The boy unexpectedly learns a family secret related to the dramatic events during the protests of December 1970. The past forces him to make the most important decision of his life.