THAT WHICH DOESN'T EXIST. MEMORIES AND ACCOUNTS OF WOMEN WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE WARSAW UPRISING AS READY MADE, BUT UNUSED FILM SCRIPTS (Polish title - below)
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(Title in Polish - 'To, czego nie ma. Relacje i wspomnienia kobiet z Powstania Warszawskiego jako gotowe, a niezrealizowane scenariusze filmowe'). In the Polish feature films about Warsaw Uprising there are no women. They of course appear as nurses, civilians or message runners. But they are always part of the background, seen, but not looking, symbolic in their presence, and never the active heroines; always serving, and never independent or autonomous. If they are the heroines of the drama, then they are part of someone else's drama, and are not given a voice of their own. Their narratives and accounts of life, even everyday life, are left unsaid, hidden behind grand and epic narratives of the heroes. The article is about women's 'micro-narratives', the memories of women who lived in Warsaw and participated in the Warsaw Uprising in 1944. The memories give us a chance to see the Uprising in a different light, one that includes the women's perspective and experience of the Uprising. Women's accounts, due to their graphic nature and their uniqueness appear to be ready made film scripts, that have yet to be filmed.
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