The Other

A young woman struggles in New York after leaving Poland

A self-portrait of a young woman struggling in New York City after leaving Poland. She becomes hired as a maid in the Hasidic house in the Southside of Williamsburg and builds a mother-daughter relationship with a Hasidic woman. The Other (2013) is a meditation on freedom, identity and power.

Screenings and Awards

Mózg, Bydgoszcz, Poland, 2014
Living Los Sures: Preview in the Park, Brooklyn, NY, 2013

Nominated for Golden Angel Award, Localizations Section, International Film Festival Tofifest, Toruń, Poland, 2014

Press

“Her documentary film tells the story of women from different cultures and their place in religion, family, society.”
— Justyna Tota, inowroclaw

Meditation on Innocence
— Katarzyna Buczkowska, Kurier Plus

Interview with Emilia Bilińska
— Anita Nowak, Bydgoszcz

Emilia Bilińska: I want to be an artist in New York City
— Anna Tarnawska, Nowy Dziennik: Polish Daily News

This otherness fascinated
— Justyna Tota, inowroclaw

Interview with Emilia Bilińska
— Alexander Lewińska, Gazeta Bydgoszcz

Team

Emilia Bilińska

Emilia Bilińska

Emilia Bilińska was born in Bydgoszcz, Poland. She graduated with a degree in Philosophy at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, and in Film and Television Production at the National Film School in Łódź. She was a production manager at Wajda School in Warsaw, production assistant at the TR Warszawa theatre, assistant director for TV series, copywriter, translator, assistant curator, and contributor for Art Experts Magazine, EKRANy, and FilmPro. She has conducted interviews with Tadeusz Rolke, Tilda Swinton, Michael Obert, Reggie Watts, Pulp, Florian Habicht and covered film festivals including SXSW, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival. She was among 12 filmmakers from around the world who were invited to participate in the UnionDocs Collaborative Program from 2012-13, where she directed her second documentary, The Other. Since September 2012, she has been based in New York where she works as a correspondent for several online outlets.

Constanza Mirré

Constanza Mirré

Constanza Mirré is a photographer and independent documentary producer. She is the author of Bares de Buenos Aires, a photo book published by Ediciones Lariviére in Buenos Aires Argentina and by Le Passage in Paris. She produced Argentina in the UK, a book published in 2008 by the Argentine Embassy in the UK. Published in print magazines internationally, Mirré has worked as a travel, film still and fashion photographer in New York City.

Jen Epstein

Jen Epstein

Jen Epstein is a researcher, writer self-shooting media maker who has devoted many years to working as a manager in film and television for a variety of New York Post-Houses and Media Companies. She’s currently an Operations Project Manager for Discovery Communications.

Her passion for documentary arts began while working as a production assistant/researcher on several documentary features including BrotherMen, a performance based documentary film that aired nationally on PBS. She holds a BA in Communication Arts from Ramapo College of New Jersey, and earned an MA in Media Studies with a concentration in Documentary Studies from the New School.

Tamer Hassan

Tamer Hassan

With an appreciation for the intimacy necessary to produce compelling documentary work, Tamer Hassan has spent the last five years integrating himself into the countercultures of rural autonomous communities throughout the United States. His work from this practice has screened internationally at venues ranging from the Princeton Environmental Film Festival to the Tinai EcoFilm Festival in Goa, India. He has received grants and awards from The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, The Davis Foundation, and the Goldfarb Center for Civic Engagement. Hassan was a 2012-13 UnionDocs Collaborative Fellow, where he worked as an editor and cinematographer on several documentaries, screening at MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight and winning best short documentary at the 2014 Brooklyn Film Festival.

Emilia Bilińska

Emilia Bilińska

Emilia Bilińska was born in Bydgoszcz, Poland. She graduated with a degree in Philosophy at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, and in Film and Television Production at the National Film School in Łódź. She was a production manager at Wajda School in Warsaw, production assistant at the TR Warszawa theatre, assistant director for TV series, copywriter, translator, assistant curator, and contributor for Art Experts Magazine, EKRANy, and FilmPro. She has conducted interviews with Tadeusz Rolke, Tilda Swinton, Michael Obert, Reggie Watts, Pulp, Florian Habicht and covered film festivals including SXSW, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival. She was among 12 filmmakers from around the world who were invited to participate in the UnionDocs Collaborative Program from 2012-13, where she directed her second documentary, The Other. Since September 2012, she has been based in New York where she works as a correspondent for several online outlets.

Constanza Mirré

Constanza Mirré

Constanza Mirré is a photographer and independent documentary producer. She is the author of Bares de Buenos Aires, a photo book published by Ediciones Lariviére in Buenos Aires Argentina and by Le Passage in Paris. She produced Argentina in the UK, a book published in 2008 by the Argentine Embassy in the UK. Published in print magazines internationally, Mirré has worked as a travel, film still and fashion photographer in New York City.

Jen Epstein

Jen Epstein

Jen Epstein is a researcher, writer self-shooting media maker who has devoted many years to working as a manager in film and television for a variety of New York Post-Houses and Media Companies. She’s currently an Operations Project Manager for Discovery Communications.

Her passion for documentary arts began while working as a production assistant/researcher on several documentary features including BrotherMen, a performance based documentary film that aired nationally on PBS. She holds a BA in Communication Arts from Ramapo College of New Jersey, and earned an MA in Media Studies with a concentration in Documentary Studies from the New School.

Tamer Hassan

Tamer Hassan

With an appreciation for the intimacy necessary to produce compelling documentary work, Tamer Hassan has spent the last five years integrating himself into the countercultures of rural autonomous communities throughout the United States. His work from this practice has screened internationally at venues ranging from the Princeton Environmental Film Festival to the Tinai EcoFilm Festival in Goa, India. He has received grants and awards from The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, The Davis Foundation, and the Goldfarb Center for Civic Engagement. Hassan was a 2012-13 UnionDocs Collaborative Fellow, where he worked as an editor and cinematographer on several documentaries, screening at MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight and winning best short documentary at the 2014 Brooklyn Film Festival.

Credits

Directed and written by Emilia Bilińska

Cinematography: Emilia Bilińska
Editor: Tamer Hassan
Script doctor and development producer: Constanza Mirré
Additional Consultant and Researcher: Jen Epstein
Still Photographer: Constanza Mirré
Voice-over: Emilia Bilińska

UnionDocs Collaborative Studio Director: Toby Lee

UnionDocs Artistic Director: Christopher Allen

2012-2013 Collaborative Fellows: Andrew Hinton, Anthony Simon, Beyza Boyacioglu, Constanza Mirré, Emilia Bilińska, Federica Sasso, Jen Epstein, Maria Rosa Badia, Michael Vass, Parul Wadhwa, Sebastian Diaz Aguirre, Shannon Carroll, Tamer Hassan

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