Move East Movie 2021

On the last weekend of June, East of Culture – Different Sounds will bring us all together once again to listen to amazing music, meet the authors and translators of the latest music books, enjoy the literature of Central and Eastern Eauropean countries, and enjoy a series of music workshops together with kids. To top it all, you can expect good, ambitious cinema.

Move East Movie id a series of movies accompanying East of Culture – Different Sounds that presents the cinematographic achievements of filmmakers from Eastern Partnership countries. This year, the selected films focus on music that resounds around the world and leads to authentic changes.

Saturday, 26 June 13.30–15.00

Move East Movie | “TOPOWA! Never Give Up”, dir. Philip Sansom, Inigo Gilmore, Great Britain, 2020, 82 min. (Workshops of Culture, Grodzka 5a – auditorium)

TOPOWA! is an inspiring documentary that celebrates the power of music to change lives. We follow 12 teachers, many of whom grew up in the slums of Uganda. We begin the journey in Katwe, one of Kampala’s biggest slums and end up on the world’s most prominent music stages famous for the performances by the jazz legend Wynton Marsalis and the renowned trumpeter Alison Balsom. The film shows the power of music and talks about the charity Brass for Africa involved in the music education of children and teens in Uganda, Liberia and Rwanda.

16.00–17.20 Move East Movie | “Truth to Power”, dir. Garin Hovannisian, USA, 2020, 79 min. (Workshops of Culture, Grodzka 5a – auditorium) *the first screening in Poland*

Millions fill stadiums around the world just to hear Serj Tankian, the Grammy-winning lead singer of System Of A Down.

TRUTH TO POWER, featuring exclusive interviews, adventures and footage personally filmed by Serj, allows audiences a glimpse backstage into the world of an international rock star whose music has revolutionised heavy metal and real world issues.  Serji harnesses the power of his songs and celebrity status for social justice and strives for real political change. He is just as likely to take on American corporate greed as lambast the corrupt regime of his homeland. Congress finally approved his decades-long campaign for formal U.S. recognition of the Armenian Genocide in 2019. Governments hate him. People love him. Set to Serj’s critically acclaimed solo and original soundtrack and the iconic music by System Of A Down,

TRUTH TO POWER portrays a musician in the process of producing music from its inception to the recording, but also tells the story of an artist who pursued other ambitions outside of music. The material includes commentary from the legendary producer Rick Rubin about System Of A Down’s early years and its unlikely breakthrough, the band members’ candid insights about the group’s ups and downs, and stories from Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello on his bond with Serj and their role as advocates of social justice and the activity of their non-profit organisation “Axis of Justice”.

Sunday, 27 June 13.00–14.45 Move East Movie | „Raw Chicks. Berlin”, dir. Beate Kunath, Germanu, 2017, 105 min (Workshops of Culture, Grodzka 5a – auditorium)

The documentary portrays 11 women from the wide-ranging Berlin electronic music scene. We follow them into a world of intriguing beats and visual experiments. The women come from all over the world, attracted by Berlin’s lively music scene and opportunities. The film, split between studio and live performance shots, is both an ode to 11 extraordinary artists and to the city pulsating with music and embracing its various forms. Protagonists: Anna Bolena, Electr°Cute / Singing Kitchen, Ercklentz Neumann, Kritzkom, Ksen. / Tomislav, Kyoka, Hithertoo, Mimicof / Midori Hirano, Rona Geffen, Silnaye, Ziúr.

16.00–17.00 Move East Movie | “Symphony of the Ursus Factory” dir. Jaśmina Wójcik, Polska, 2018, 60 min. (Workshops of Culture, Grodzka 5a – auditorium)

Symphony of the Ursus Factory summarises the director’s five-year-long artistic and research work with the community of former employees of the now-defunct Ursus factory, one of the largest tractor manufacturers in Europe. They try to recall and re-enact gestures, actions and sounds related to their former work, referring to their body memory. The resulting symphony consists of the choreographed movements of the workers and the technical, administrative and managerial staff, accompanied by the recreated phonosphere of the heavy industry. It’s a symphony about a day at work in a plant that no longer exists.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, film screenings will comply with epidemic restrictions. You will be asked to fill out a health declaration and have your temperature taken. Moreover, you must wear a face mask to cover your mouth and nose during the entire screening.

This year’s edition of East of Culture – Different Sounds takes places in Lublin between 24-27 June 2021. It’s the 14th edition of Different Sounds and the 8th held under the banner of East of Culture, a joint project of the National Centre of Culture and the local governments of Lublin, Białystok and Rzeszów funded by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport. The festival focuses on artists who find music to be an inspiration and constant challenge. The festival’s stages present a blend of styles and genres, inviting both the performers and the audience on an extraordinary journey that only serves to grow the lists of our favourite artists.

The full programme is available in the line-up section.


East of Culture – Different Sounds Art’n’Music Festival is organised by:

Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, National Centre for Culture, the City of Lublin, Workshops of Culture in Lublin and Kultura Dostępna.

The Mayor of Lublin, Krzysztof Żuk, has assumed honorary patronage.

Media Patronage: TVP Polonia, Polityka, Gazeta Wyborcza, Polskie Radio Lublin, HIRO, and ONET

Sponsor: Browar Tenczynek

The festival East of Culture – Different Sounds is part of the Keychange network and guarantees a 50:50 gender balance in the festival’s programme until 2022.