Minority neighbours. Film screenings with complimentary discussion about stereotypes, prejudices and relationships with minorities.

Przemyśl Lab


Short films „Think about it” („Przemyśl to”) (, hasło: polskalab_2) and „Anonymous” (“Anonim”) (, hasło: polskalab_1) treat about relations between Poles and the Ukrainian minority. The films were created by young people from Przemysl – both people from the Ukrainian minority and a Pole – based on their experiences and reflections. Movies encourage discussion about stereotypes, prejudices and their consequences for the community. Both youth and adults, including seniors, can participate in films screening and discussion. The discussion should be empathetic and based on an analysis of one’s own experiences and feelings.

Author: Jan Dąbkowski


Time: preparations – 1 hour, implementation – 1–1,5 hours

Persons: 1 animator (+ guest if required), 30 participants (or more)

Equipment/materials: computer, projector, screen, loudspeaker

Tags: #dyskusja #młodzież #dorośli #seniorzy #prawa #równość #dyskusja #stereotypy #uprzedzenia #mniejszości




If possible, invite someone from the Ukrainian minority in Poland or from Ukraine, living in Poland (preferably speaking Polish – then the conversation will be smoother). It can also be a person from another minority, represented in a given community and experiencing unequal treatment on the street, at school or at work. Stories from the films can help you start conversation about so-called „Other” (as well as „Own” from other groups) in your community (preferably local, but may also be country-wise).

SCENARIO 2 (may be included in the or treated as an addition):

Show a 3-minute movie „My Ukrainian” ( presenting Poles’ stories on Internet forums about their homemade Ukrainian help. Then ask:

  • Do any of the current people have the experience of finding and using domestic help from Ukraine?
  • To what extent is the film version of domestic help from Ukraine accurate?
  • What could be the reason behind the opinions shown in the film? What could be the cause of such situations?

It is worth pointing out that economic migration from the East (eg Ukraine, Belarus) is a mirror reflection of the economic migration of Poles west and south to Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, etc. Just like Poles in these countries, the Ukrainians are associated with cheap labour, illegal work, performing
the simplest and least interesting jobs. It is worth to add that often these are works below education
and skills, for salaries that Poles are rarely interested. The barrier to getting a better job may be insufficient knowledge of Polish language.


It is also a good idea to show a film, read a fragment of a book, or recall media material about Poles working abroad. How do they think they are treated and how are they seen by the local people.