Janka (2018)

  • Documentary
  • 50min

The film presents the life of Janina Ochojska interweaving the present with memories of the past pictured with an animation and 16mm archives. In early childhood, Janka suffers from polio. Hospitals, operations, longing for the family, but also unique education outside the home, shape her strong personality. She discovers early her first passion - the world of stars, which later will lead her to astronomy studies in Toruń. After graduation, her health deteriorates. Janka leaves for a serious back surgery to France where she accidentally meets people involved in humanitarian aid. She decides to go to Bosnia, bring help during the war. Shortly afterwards she founds the Polish Humanitarian Action. The events are interspersed with Janka’s personal thoughts about the meaning of life.


Adela Kaczmarek