Michael Majerski, born in 1948 in Polanica Zdrój/ Bad Altheide (Poland), immigrated with his family to Germany in 1978. Through his mother, a Silesian-born German, Michael obtained German citizenship and the status of an “ethnic German immigrant”. His father is Polish. When they arrived in Germany, the family passed through various transit camps for immigrants. This phase of upheaval proved to be one of his most important life experiences. “Back then, I learned about German history all over again ; I saw and experienced many calamities, but also countless successes of immigrants; both by living through them myself and by seeing them at close range”, Majerski reports today. Through his training at the well-known Film school in Łódź, where he also subsequently taught, he was able to quickly integrate himself in Germany both professionally and socially. Meanwhile, he feels most at home in Berlin, yet still identifies himself as a Silesian, or rather Upper-Silesian. That’s where he grew up, that’s where he played with Polish, German, and Russian children in the yard in Gleiwitz during the post-war years. He feels like he has a special connection to the protagonists of his films; for him, having empathy is a crucial requirement in the making of a film.
1976 graduatet from the National Filmscool with an M.A. in Master of Filmart.
Studiet film-making at PWSFTViT. Graduatet in 1978 with the equivalent of an MA in Documentary Film Making.
In 1978 left the country
A recurring theme in his work is that of historical context, cultural heritage and minority cultures.
Michael Majerski, award winning documentary film director. DOB: 19 April 1948 POB: Altheide / Poland Married, 3 children
1966 – High School graduation with schooling as photographer 1972 – 1976 National Film School for Film and TV, Lodz, Poland. Master of Fine Arts Degree in the Field of Cinematography (Camera) and TV Directing. Continued education – Advanced training courses in film and theatre directing under the supervision of Luc Bondy, Erwin Axer, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Andrej Tarkowski.
Practical Experience 1968 – 1972 Assistant cameraman and film assistant for the National TV Network TVP in Poland. 1976 – 1978 TV producer for the TVP. Live current news features and production of various studio feature programs Directing of films on industries while working in the WFO Film Company. 1994 – 1996 TV Director for the TVP in Stettin. TV journalist and commentator 1995 – Establishment of own film production firm “Arkonafilm” in Stettin, Poland, and Berlin, Germany Since 1996 – Production of features for TV programs; production of documentary features for state owned TV networks, such as NDR, ZDF, Arte, TVP, and others. Author and producer of a series of biographic films for a historic exhibition “Forced Ways” in Berlin; features of the forced migrations in Europe. Video art projects. Teaching Experience 1976 – 1978 Scientific Assistant and Assistant of a Professor at the National School for Film and TV in Lodz, Poland. Lecturer of art photography and visual advertising. Subsequently lecturer of Courses in TV Directing 1980 – 1992 Instructor of “Cinematography” and “Camera Assistant”, School for Optics and Photo Technology, Berlin, Germany. 1986: Supervisor of the workshop`s in Berlin, Germany. Since 2005: Head of film workshops and film seminars to the subject of “Film and Poetry” and “Documentary Films” at the Universities of Stettin and Lodz, Poland.
Rewards and Honors
2005 – German title: “Meiner Mutter Land” (English: “Once I was a German”). Best German documentary film at the Film Festival in Lagow, Poland. 2006 – Nomination for the German-Polish Journalist Prize, Schwerin, Germany 2010 – 3rd Price for Documentary “Oberschlesien – kolocz na droga” at International Film Festival Regiofun in Katowice 2010 – Erasmus Seal of Excellency for “Oberschlesien – Streuselkuchen von zu Hause” Vienna 2013 – European Media Awards- Grand Award in all Categories for “Oberschlesien- Hier, wo wir uns begegnen” (Upper Silesia – Here is where we meet )