Of Animals and Men

Year
2019
Country
Poland
Duration
70’
Director
Łukasz Czajka

Of Animals and Men is a creative documentary about what happened in Warsaw Zoo before and during the Second World War. The film’s main characters are Jan Żabiński, the zoo’s creator and director for many years, and his wife Antonina Żabińska. In wartime, they offered refuge to the Jews and Polish resistance fighters by hiding them in the desolate zoo, in their own house and the empty back rooms of animal pens. In total, they managed to shelter about three hundred people. The secret guests used to stay in the zoo from a few days to many months.

CREW:
Director: Łukasz Czajka
Producer: Anna Wereda
Cinematographer: Kacper Czubak
Editor: Jakub Piątek
Sound: Marcin Lenarczyk
Production
Autograf Karol Wożbiński
Director
Łukasz Czajka

Łukasz Czajka is a film director, game designer and TV reporter. He graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences and the Centre for Latin American Studies at the University of Warsaw, as well as the Dok Pro documentary programme at the Wajda School. Of Animals and Men is his debut film.

Selected Filmography

Of Animals and Men (2019)

DOCUSPACE ONLINE CINEMA
19 INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
25 – 
March
3
April 2022
Children
DOCU/WORLD
Children
Year
2020
Country
Israel
Director
Ada Ushpiz
Duration
110’
DOCU/WORLD
Love & Stuff
DOCU/WORLD
Love & Stuff
Year
2020
Country
USA
Director
Judith Helfand
Duration
79’
DOCU/WORLD
Petit Samedi
DOCU/WORLD
Petit Samedi
Year
2020
Country
Belgium
Director
Paloma Sermon-Daï
Duration
75’
DOCU/WORLD
Once Upon a Time in Venezuela
DOCU/WORLD
Once Upon a Time in Venezuela
Year
2020
Country
Venezuela, UK, Brazil, Austria
Director
Anabel Rodríguez Ríos
Duration
99’
DOCU/WORLD
Solitaire Dance
DOCU/WORLD
Solitaire Dance
Year
2021
Country
Finland
Director
Antti Lempiäinen
Duration
58’
DOCU/WORLD
A Colombian Family
DOCU/WORLD
A Colombian Family
Year
2020
Country
Denmark
Director
Tanja Wol Sørensen
Duration
80’
DOCU/WORLD
Petit Tom
DOCU/WORLD
Petit Tom
Year
2020
Country
Canada
Director
André-Line Beauparlant
Duration
100’
DOCU/WORLD
Taming the Garden
DOCU/WORLD
Taming the Garden
Year
2021
Country
Switzerland, Germany, Georgia
Director
Salomé Jashi
Duration
90’
DOCU/WORLD
There Will Be No More Night
DOCU/WORLD
There Will Be No More Night
Year
2020
Country
France
Director
Éléonore Weber
Duration
76’
DOCU/WORLD
This Rain Will Never Stop
DOCU/WORLD
This Rain Will Never Stop
Year
2020
Country
Ukraine, Latvia, Germany, Qatar
Director
Alina Gorlova
Duration
103’
DOCU/WORLD