The author of the text discusses the experience that inspired him to make the film Koniec piesni (The End of the Song). Recalling his childhood and quests, he mentions a fascination with the culture of the eastern borderlands and their cultural diversity. Subsequent theatrical searches carried out together with the 'Gardzienice' theatre company demonstrated the need for a longer expedition, conducted with a small group of people and rendering possible in-depth cultural barter. The three-months long excursion to the Belorussian borderland produced an impressive collection of folk music performed by the local inhabitants. The End of the Song is a record of a nostalgic trip, in whose course the author toured the same places 27 years later. Wandering from home to home, he played archival recordings to the families of long deceased singers. Music becomes a carrier of a tradition that has passed away together with people. This voice from the past evokes the most human emotions and sets free assorted recollections and nostalgia. At the same time, it urges to pose numerous questions about contemporaneity and tradition.
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