Tomasz Wysokiński, Poland, 2021, 84'
International Premiere
Wed. 11.8.2021, 11h00, La Sala
Thu. 12.8.2021, 9h00, Palacinema 1

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“Every hour, a child disappears in South Africa.” With these words, a male voice introduces us ruthlessly to a world that usually remains hidden to outsiders. It is distressing and painful to become aware of its existence, but somehow, it also has to do with our own society, no matter how surreal that may seem.

The Polish director Tomasz Wysokiński follows Jerry, the protagonist of “Walk with Angels”, through the slums of Kliptown, a suburb of Johannesburg, where these realities gradually take on a shocking form. During his search for a missing baby, Jerry gradually gets swept up by a spiral of superstition, violence and anger. Various religious directions and cults such as the Christian belief, the hearing of spirits and the invoking of the devil turn into a fantastic, manipulative and threatening parallel universe that alienates people instead of giving them support and promoting their solidarity.

From the outset, “Walk with Angels” keeps the audience on their toes as if it were a thriller. We would like to be able to dismiss the things we see as fictional, but we are at the mercy of Jerry when he describes his own past as a child soldier and how he despairs about the fate of his fellow countrymen, whom he considers to be broken and “lost”. From the criminal case ensues a socio-critical view that was not always safe both for the protagonist and the director, and in which we, as a Western society, bear our share of responsibility because of our colonial past. However, the film does not provide concrete answers. Rather, it provokes us with many open questions.

This film features scenes that could shock the sensitivity of some viewers

Teresa Vena