The Queen of Silence

Agnieszka Zwiefka, 80 min, Poland, Germany.

10 years old Denisa is an outcast in many ways. She is an illegal citizen of a roma camp in Poland, a woman in a patriarchal roma community and most of all – she doesn’t speak as no one has ever diagnosed her with severe hearing disabilities. She lives in a world of her own, full of rhythm and dance, imitating the glamorous women from the Bollywood DVDs she found in a nearby garbage. While her community visibly struggles with poverty, exclusion and racism, Denisa dances among scavenging chickens, dogs and children in the improvised camp. Dancing she can be anyone she wants, even a queen, and express what she can‘t say – joy, sadness and fear