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450 KILOGRAMS OF DREAMS

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The film “450 KILOGRAMS OF DREAMS” by Barbara Bossak-Herbst allows you to take a look behind the scenes of the racing town on the Służewiec Racecourse in Warsaw. The wall between Ursynów and Mokotów, covered with graffiti, hides not only a hippodrome, but also an extensive all-year-round residential and training centre. During the Polish People’s Republic, the Horse Racing Tracks functioned as a state-owned workplace. Today, apart from the privatized stables, it is still inhabited by a neighbourhood and professional community isolated from the life of the capital. The rhythm of life is determined by horse training in the racing town.

The film was shot in (2016/2017) in cooperation with the Traf and MK Racing racing stables. The document is an example of cinematic ethnography, which was created as part of a research project in the field of social sciences. Its results also include a monograph by Barbara Bossak-Herbst entitled “Warsaw enclave. The world of horse racing in Służewiec”, which was released in 2020.

The document allows you to take a look behind the scenes of the racing town on the Służewiec Racecourse in Warsaw. It tells about the daily work, dreams, and worries of people associated with two stables.