Polish immigrant at Coventry bus station
Poles on England
Two of Coventry’s Polish immigrants make videos to explore what it means to be in England.
In these two videos we get an insight into what it is to be English and to be a Pole in Coventry, through the film-making of two of Coventry’s Polish immigrants. Karol Lyjak and Norbert Nowotnik show a sense of humour and a genuine tenderness for their new city in these brief explorations on the theme.
Immigration is a pressing issue in Coventry, where new arrivals are contributing to the city’s long history of international links, multi-culturalism and economic shifts.
Thoughts on what it is to be English
Karol Lyjak has lived in Coventry for 2 years, working as an assistant manager in a restaurant. He has a Masters in Philosophy and in Poland he was the president of a Student’s Movie Studio for 5 years.
Norbert Nowotnik also studied with Karol and was a member of the Movie Studio before going on to make feature lifestyle videos for one of the biggest commercial TV companies in Poland.
Together their interests combine to make videos with a fresh, light touch with deeper issues under their surface.
last updated: 06/06/2008 at 12:34