About Michael Majerski:
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.
Rewards and Honors (selection)
2005 – “Meiner Mutter Land” ( “Once I was a German”). Best German documentary film at 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 Poland
2010 – Erasmus Seal of Excellency for “Oberschlesien – Streuselkuchen von zu Hause” Vienna.
2013 – Erasmus European Media Awards- Grand Award for „Oberschlesien- Here is where we meet“. Vienna.
2018 – Once it was a Land Called Pomerania. Lagow International Film Festiwal-Award in Competition Part.
Amsterdam Film Festival – Prodigy Award
Filmography: ( since 2003 )
2003 – “Begegnung an polnischen Fluessen”, documentary film, script, producer, camera.
2003 – „Dragos“ introductory feature for a history series for TV, director.
2003 – “Die Perlenfischer”, documentary film, director.
2004 – “Cusanus – de Ludo Globi”, video art installation in Hamburg
2005 – “Meiner Mutter Land”, documentary film, 70 min., producer, script, director, camera.
2006 – “Mandelstam Street”, Opera in Stettin, directing
2007 – “Lorelei” and “Aber wieder”. Head of the film workshop on the topic of structural space in the filming of poems, University of Stettin, Poland.
2008 – “Meines Vaters Haus”. Documentary film, 84 min., producer, script, director.
2009 – “Draheim”. Biographic film, 30 min., producer, script, director.
2010 – “Oberschlesien – kolocz na droga”. 60 min. Documentary. Producer, script, director
2013 – “Oberschlesien – here is where we meet” 75 min. Documentary. Producer, script, director.
2018 – “Once it was a Land Called Pomerania”. 89 Min. Documentary. Director, Producer