Will Thy Kingdoms Not Persist? 2022
A semi-diaristic film exploring the Canadian-born filmmaker’s relationship to the place in rural Poland where his mother is from, and where his grandparents currently live. Meditative portrayals of this landscape are interspersed with narratives of regional history, Catholicism, and science fiction. The film looks at the totalizing yet fragile dualities of these narratives and how they reflect or become reflected in the natural and constructed elements of a landscape, as well as the filmmaker’s own fragmented relationship to these worlds as a second generation immigrant.
Martin Osowski was born on the unceded territories of the QayQayt First Nation in so-called western Canada, with his parents being first-generation immigrants from Poland. In 2016 he moved to the Netherlands and completed a BSc in Aerospace Engineering from the Delft University of Technology. He is a graduate from the Master of Lens-Based Media at the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam.