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by Piotr Jaworski


Does doctor Jan Terelak belong to an “elitist” group of the most unethical experimenters? The Polish scientist tested boundaries of human mental resilience in extreme conditions of solitude in Antarctica. The starting point for Piotr Jaworski's documentary is the psychologist's journal. The project from forty years ago was focused on studying the mental condition of polar explorers at the Polish station. Men were in the situation of confinement, comparable to a space mission. The film reconstructs these events, referring to the then contemporary context and changes in the perception of science.

international title: The Antarctic Syndrome
original title: Syndrom zimowników
country: Poland
year: 2019
genre: documentary
directed by: Piotr Jaworski
film run: 73'
screenplay: Piotr Jaworski
cinematography by: Andrzej Wojciechowski
film editing: Tomasz Bujko, Zbigniew Osiński
producer: Janusz Skałkowski, Kamil Skałkowski
production: Kalejdoskop Film
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