The Witch Hunt - film

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In September 2017 Dominika Kulczyk undertook a difficult journey to one of the least studied and explored parts of the world – to the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. She documented the issue of sorcery violence. In PNG there are men, women and children who are accused of witchcraft, tortured and killed.

Did you know that nowadays there are more victims of witchcraft-related accusations and violence in Papua New Guinea than there were in the Medieval Europe? Watch the film and learn more.

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Nowadays, there are more victims of sorcery-related accusations and violence in just one country than there were in the whole medieval Europe. In September 2017, Dominika Kulczyk undertook a difficult journey to one of the least studied and explored parts of the world – to the Highlands of Papua New Guinea. She documented the issue of sorcery-related violence, found the survivors, and met the perpetrators. Papua New Guinea sees new victims of sorcery-related violence on a daily basis. Every week brings more of the so called “witch killings” – where, as a result of ancient beliefs and rituals – children, women, and men are tortured and killed.

Dominika KULCZYK

reporter

Marek KŁOSOWICZ

scriptwriter/director and producer

Natalia WYGLĘDOWSKA

documentary filmmaker

Agnieszka GWIAZDA

editorial team

Natalia WYGLĘDOWSKA

editorial film

Jula GREBENNIKOWA

editorial team

Dariusz SZYMURA

camera

Robert HALASTRA

camera

Darek KIELAK

special photos

Tomasz SIKORA

sound

Konrad TOMANEK

sound engineer

Łukasz STRENT

editor

Sławek KŁAK

assistant editor

Jarosław MIGOŃ

graphics

Tatiana JACHYRA

photos

Hania STRUCZEWSKA

production manager

Darek KIELAK

production manager


On October 8th we finished a production of a film we were working on since September 2017. “The Witch Hunt”, filmed in Papua New Guinea and produced in Poland, is a documentary touching upon a topic that is nowadays only little heard of – the issue of sorcery violence. The film depicts how, surprisingly, the number of sorcery-related accusations and violence is Papua New Guinea is now higher than it ever was in the medieval Europe. The issue becomes even more striking when we realize how many people there still believe in witches and bad spirits, and think that death never comes naturally – they are more than certain that when there is a death, there must be a sorcerer responsible for it, who needs to be punished. Importantly, “The Witch Hunt” shows that in Papua New Guinea there are also people risking their lives in order to help the victims of sorcery-related violence; people like Monica Paulus, who runs the Simbu Human Rights Defenders Network, and was once accused of witchcraft herself. “The Witch Hunt”, as an impact documentary, is a part of a campaign run by Dominika Kulczyk and the Kulczyk Foundation, which has supported local organizations in fighting sorcery-related violence, and has contributed to helping the victims of sorcery accusations. In Papua New Guinea, Kulczyk Foundation has provided a temporary refuge point for the victims of sorcery violence, and has funded the escape of three families, purchase of land as well as the construction of their new house.

Interested in organizing a screening? Contact us at documentaries@kulczykfoundation.org.pl

Domino Effect

An award-winning Dominika Kulczyk offers a rare and revealing inside look into the world of today, from the perspective of those often pushed below the margin of significance. Filmed on five continents and in more than 40 countries so far, she is granted unusual access to some of most notorious issues still affecting human life. It is a gripping and captivating look at the contemporary world and a result of her commitment to reporting work beyond borders as well as to philanthropic work on the ground.