Kichka: Life Is a Cartoon screening in MOCAK
07.09.2018 at 9 pm
On 7 September at 9 pm we invite you to the Museum arcades for a screening of the film Kichka: Life Is a Cartoon, a co-production of MOCAK and the Center of Persecuted Art in Solingen. Admission is free. With Polish subtitles.
The film was first shown to the public in March 2018 in Brussels, and its official Polish premiere took place during the 58th Krakow Film Festival. The film takes part in the documentary competition at the 42nd Montreal Film Festival.
Henri Kichka was born in Brussels in 1926. In 1942, he was arrested by the Gestapo, together with his parents and two sisters. He spent three years imprisoned in various concentration camps. His mother and sisters were murdered. His father died on the way to Buchenwald, from which Henri was liberated in 1945. After the war, Henri Kichka returned to Brussels and married. He had four children: Hannah, Michel, Iréne and Charly.
His son Michel was born in Seraing in 1954. At the age of 20, he moved to Israel, started a family and embarked on a career as cartoonist. In 2012 he published the comic Second Generation. This is a graphic novel devoted to Michel’s younger brother, who committed suicide. The main theme, however, is the relationship between the son and the father, who had been a victim and witness of the Holocaust. The book shows that such a trauma determines the psychology of all the members of a family.
Both Henri and Michel Kichka are the characters of this film.
Directed by: Delfina Jałowik
producer: Jürgen Kaumkötter
screenplay: Delfina Jałowik, Jürgen Kaumkötter
camera and editing: Adam Uryniak
sound: Stanisław Najmiec
consultation: Maria Anna Potocka
duration: 75 min
year of production: 2018
production: MOCAK the Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Center for persecuted arts in Solingen