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The Martin E. Segal Theater Center presents

Revolution 21/ Rewolucja 21

At the Segal Theatre Film and Performance Festival 2024

A film by

Martyna Peszko and Teatr 21

Theater, Documentary

This film will be screened in-person on May 20th and also be available to watch online May 16th onwards on the festival website for a period of 3 weeks.

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In the film “Revolution 21” we are introduced to Theatre 21, a Warsaw-based professional theatre group which has been staging performances for the last 17 years. Founded by Justyna Sobczyk, a theatre teacher and director, it consists solely of actors with Down syndrome. They start work on a new performance entitled “A Revolution Which Never Was There”, using the protest of the disabled in Polish parliament as their inspiration. Able-bodied actors are also invited to take part in the performance. Nobody receives any special treatment. Full commitment is required from each member of the cast, everyone is treated equally. The work model in Teatr 21 is very innovative. Most of the rehearsals rely on acting improvisations on the subject set by the director (revolution, sexuality, independence, political cabaret, rehabilitation, etc.), accompanied by live music written by the band POKUSA. This working process arouses heated discussions between the actors on the subject of nudity on stage, the involvement of theatre in politics, the limits of privacy and the courage to ridicule themselves on stage.

DIRECTING: Martyna Peszko SCRIPT: Martyna Peszko DOP: Magdalena Mosiewicz EDITOR: Olga Kałagate MUSIC: Zespół POKUSA SOUND: Martyna Peszko, Adam Buka, Konrad Wosik PRODUCTION: Fundacja Teatr 21 COPRODUCTION: Mazowiecki i Warszawski Fundusz Filmowy, Katarzyna Tymusz

About The Artist(s)

Martyna Peszko and Teatr 21

Martyna Peszko »
Graduate of the National Academy of Theatre Arts in Krakow and the DOK Pro workshop at Wajda School. She studied at Conservatoire National d'Art Dramatique in Paris, Lee Strasberg Institute in New York, and Philosophy at the University of Warsaw. As an actress, she was associated with Teatr Ludowy and Stary Teatr in Krakow, National Theatre and Drama Laboratory in Warsaw. She received the Jan Machulski prize for the best actress. She debuted in 2020 with the short documentary "Tell Me More".

65th International Festival of Documentary and Animated Film DOK Leipzig, Germany, 2022 (competition)
10th Tripoli Film Festival, Lebanon, 2023 (competition)

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