Alys Tomlison's 'Mother Vera' at the 21st edition of Millennium Docs Against Gravity, Poland

Alys Tomlisons movie Mother Vera is shown at the 21st edition of Millennium Docs Against Gravity, Poland's biggest film festival which will take place from 10 to 19 May in cinemas in seven Polish cities (Warsaw, Wrocław, Gdynia, Poznan, Katowice, Łodz, and Bydgoszcz) and from 21 May to 3 June online at


Mother Vera is the story of a young nun; her turbulent past, and fragile future. At the monastery farm, people live in rehabilitation. They are a mirror to Vera’s old life. Faced with a hard decision, Vera must confront her past to find the freedom.


Alys Tomlinson's works from the series Ex Voto are also currently on view at the Palace of Culture and Science in Warsaw.


Ex Voto is the culmination of Alys Tomlinson's five-year work on a project related to catholic sacred places. Black and white photographs from Ireland, France and Poland intertwine landscapes of worship spaces with portraits of pilgrims and pilgrimages met during the journey. Their raw aesthetics create an atmosphere of peace, spirituality and contemplation. The project's title, Ex Voto refers to the physical gifts that believers leave as a token of gratitude or intention at their pilgrimage sites.


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May 10, 2024