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Patriotic Lesson

DirectorFilip Jacobson
WriterFilip Jacobson
EditorTomasz Polsakiewicz
CameraLukasz Ostalski, Filip Jacobson
SoundFilip Jacobson, Ralf Schipke
ProducerFilip Jacobson
ScreeningFri 9 November | 17:15 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag
Sat 10 November | 14:45 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag
Sun 11 November | 12:30 hours | Filmhuis Den Haag
Sun 11 November | 17:00 hours | Theatar Dakota
Length20 min

A charming, lucid and though-provoking film in the tradition of the best Polish documentaries. Winner of DOK Leipzig’s main prize – the Golden Dove.


‘Patriotic Lesson’ tells the story of a Polish primary school singing contest, in which children perform patriotic songs, full of heroism, bravery, blood, sweat and tears. By presenting performances and the audience, tensions between parents and teachers, and finally jury deliberations, the film raises questions about what is patriotism over generations and its institutional reaffirmation in today’s Polish society. Filmed in black and white, Jacobson’s film keeps a delicate line between critical approach to the event and fascination and respect to the characters of the movie. Patriotic song contests takes place every year and have local and national range.

Director’s bio

Filip Jacobson is a documentary film director. He graduated from the Film Studies line at the Lodz University in Poland, from Gdynia Film School in Poland as a director, and Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, Germany. He was an exchange student at EICTV in Cuba and participated in various workshops: EsoDoc Workshops, GoShort Talent Campus, Polska Doc, Berlinale Talent Campus. He organised film workshops for children and youth in Turkey, Romania and Poland. Since 2016, Filip teaches at University of Gdansk. He is an author of articles, two photos exhibitions; his work was awarded on main European International Film Festivals like Doc Leipzig, Krakow FF. He made five short documentaries and works on feature debut in Cuba.

Festivals & Awards (selection)

Visions du Reel, Nyon 2016 | Krakow FF, 2016 | Bello Horizonte, Brazil 2016 | Szczecin European FF, Poland 2016 – Jury Award | DOK Leipzig, Germany 2016 – Golden Dove Award for the Best Short German Documentary | One World Romania, 2017 | International Short Film Week Regensburg, 2017 | Berlinale Market, 2017 | Tirana IFF, 2017 | MakeDox, 2017 | International Human Rights FF Albania, 2017 | Nuremberg International Human Rights FF, 2017 | Verzio International Human Rights Documentary FF, Hungary 2017 | Flensburger Kurzfilmtage, Germany 2017 – Best Non-Fiction Film