Apel / The Roll-Call

Ryszard Czekała – Poland, 1970 / 7’1

It is one of the most stirring animated films in the history of animation. In a simple, but powerful way Czekała presents a horror that happened in concentration camps – prisoners’ dread, humiliation, and lost humanity. The everyday roll-call ends tragically because of prisoners’ “insubordination” in this black and white film. The Roll-Call crossed borders of what can be presented or not in animation. It is sometimes interpreted as a response to the trend of allegorical and philosophical films that dominated Polish animation in the 1960s.

Ryszard Czekała (1941 – 2010). Graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. He was a scriptwriter, director of animation, and feature films. Czekała was a student of K. Urbański and one of the most important artists of the second generation of the Polish School of Animation. After achieving international success in animation, he made his feature debut – Sophie.


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