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Pawel ziemilski
Urban Cowboys
Documentary | 4k | color | 30'0'' | Poland | 2016
Can a horse save a life? In Clondalkin (Dublin) that’s exactly the case. In a district with a lot of problems and not may of prospects, young people face drugs, prison and crime as their only path. But some of them manage to escape thanks to an unusual hobby. They tame wild horses and become… urban cowboys. When 14-year-old Dylan hits a bad streak in his life, he finds comfort in Shelly, a white mare that quickly becomes his whole world. Even though taming wild horses is illegal in Ireland and Shelly’s hooves are not used to the concrete streets, their unlikely friendship grows stronger.
Born in 1981, he graduated from the Łódź National Film School and from the Wajda School in Warsaw. The short documentaries and fiction films he has made so far have received wide publicity at numerous film festivals around the world and have won many prestigious awards. His documentary Rogalik got IDFA nomination in 2012. It has also been shown and awarded at festivals such as Zagreb Dox, Alcine Festival (First Prize), and festivals in Oberhausen, Beijing, Bucharest, Cracow and others. Apart from directing, Paweł Ziemilski is involved in social animation, organizing workshops for so-called troubled youth.