Event: A.M. Bakalar at Woman’s Day, Kinoteka Polish Film Festival, 8 March, London

Friday, 8 March

Riverside Studios, 7pm

Crisp Road, Hammersmith, London W6 9RL

020 8237 1111

FREE events for all ‘female spirits’ and a party!

Complimentary tickets to be collected from the Riverside Studios box office on Friday from 6pm


Women’s Day (Dzień kobiet), dir. Maria Sadowska, 2012, 90 mins, Drama

In this debut feature from singer/composer Maria Sadowska, her ‘feminist western,’ we follow Halina, a modest cashier in a chain store dreaming of a better life for herself and her gifted 13-year-old daughter Misia. However, Halina discovers that the price for the higher salary and better standards she longs for, are dishonesty, manipulation and deceit. She will soon have to start her journey for forgiveness…

Followed by:

A discussion on new emerging female identities in film and literature featuring Evening Standard’s journalist Liz Hoggard, A.M. Bakalar, author of a feisty debut novel Madame Mephisto, and cultural theorist, blogger and activist Sophie Mayer.


An after party with live music played by 73-year-old Polish cult hero DJ Wika at the Riverside Cafe.


Part of the 11th Kinoteka Polish Film Festival presented by the Polish Cultural Institute in London in association with the festival sponsor MyFerryLink, and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.



A.M. Bakalar was born and raised in Poland. She lived in Germany, France, Sicily and Canada before she moved to the UK in 2004. Madame Mephisto, published in April 2012, is her first novel and was among readers recommendations to the Guardian First Book Award. She is the first Polish woman to publish a novel in English since Poland joined EU in 2004. A.M. Bakalar lives with her partner, a drum and bass musician, in London.


Liz Hoggard is an arts journalist who writes about film, performance and design for the Observer, Independent, Evening Standard, Selvedge, Crafts and The Gentlewoman. She is the author of two books: How to Be Happy; and Dangerous Women: A Guide to Modern Life.


Sophie Mayer is a writer, editor and educator. Recent projects include the anthology Binders Full of Women; and Catechism: Poems for Pussy Riot, with English PEN, for whom she teaches classes on free speech and literature. She is a regular contributor to Sight & Sound and The F-Word, and the author of The Cinema of Sally Potter: A Politics of Love, as well as three poetry collections: Her Various Scalpels, The Private Parts of Girls, and Kiss Off.