Maciej J. Drygas

was born on 3 April 1956 in Lodz, Poland. Film and radio director, screenwriter, producer, professor at the National Film School in Łódź. Graduate of the Department of Directing, Moscow (VGIK). He has won awards at numerous international festivals. Maciej J. Drygas’s films and radio documentaries have been broadcast by television and radio stations in Europe, Australia, Japan, Canada, Brazil, New Caledonia, South Africa.


Hear My Cry, 1991; State of Weightlessness, 1994; Voice Of Hope, 2002; A day in People’s Republic of Poland, 2005; Hear us all, 2008; Violated Letters, 2011; Abu Haraz, 2013.

Abu Haraz (12+)

Poland, 2013, colour, 73 min.
Director: Maciej J. Drygas
Abu Haraz is a small village in the middle of the desert in North Sudan. The construction of a huge dam on the Nile has interfered with the age-old, natural rhythm of the lives of its residents. The filmmakers have spent several years with them, observing their vain attempts to turn back fate…


Cinema Verite Film Festival (Teheran, 2013) – Best Full-Length Documentary; Prize for the Parnu International Documentary and Anthropological Film Festival (Estonia, 2014) – Best Film on Survival of Indigenous Peoples; International Documentary Film Festival «Flahertiana» (Russia, 2014) – Grand Prix and Prix FIPRESCI; Festival nûû-rû boro (Nouvelle-Calédonie, 2014) – Grand Prix; Jean Rouch International Film Festival (France, 2014) – Prix Monde en Regards; The Archaeology Channel International Film and Video Festival (USA, 2015) – Honorable Mention by Jury for Cinematography and Special Mention by Jury for best documentation of cultural change.