GOODBYE MY WONDERFUL WORLD

GOODBYE MY WONDERFUL WORLD

Director: Joo Joostberens / Poland 2023
Category: Society/Religion/Spirituality/Art & Culture
Production: Aia Asé, Joo Joostberens: Aia Asé Pictures
Language: Polish

Subtitles: English
Length: 45/54 minutes

Director Joo Joostberens reflects on a topic that is still taboo in our society: Why are we running away from death? Can you prepare for the death of a loved one? The movie tries to answer these and many other questions.

“Goodbye, My Wonderful World” reflects on a topic that is still taboo in our society: Why are we running away from death? Can you prepare for the death of a loved one? Who can act as a “mourning companion”? The movie tries to answer these and many other questions.
The film not only talks about death, but death appears in it. Most people die in hospitals, death has almost disappeared from our homes. We are a generation who rarely meets it. Nowadays by the fact that the death sphere has been shifted from private space to the professional’s sphere, there was a void. That is why the profession of a “mourning companion” has been created. More and more people are using such a service. Also to stop being afraid of alone death, as well as talking about it.
This documentary film helps us to understand that death and mourning cannot be eliminated from our lives. The bridge to this topic is music – one of the first in Europe and the first in Poland, which features traditional mourning songs recorded by pop stars in contemporary arrangements. The film tries to deepen in the sphere in an accessible and respectful way on the cultural reflection about mortality and finitude.

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Director's statement:

I completely pushed death out of my life. After my father's suicide. The subsequent departures in the family, in loved ones, in acquaintances, for years I only took a dispassionate note of the inevitable.
In the past, the deceased person was still at home for a while, also family, neighbors and a joint vigil came, singing, prayer was organized. While today, passing away, a person is often just alone, rarely surrounded by loved ones. Mostly, he leaves surrounded by apparatus medical apparatus in the company of strangers of the medical staff. Due to the fact that the sphere of death has been shifted from the private space to the realm of professionals, a void has been left.
Handing over the funeral affairs of a loved one to others to arrange it as soon as possible, we do not soothe the pain, but only postpone it. This pain comes back in the least expected way and often one that we can't handle. And then no one wants to listen to us, because bereavement today is treated as a private experience; something everyone has to deal with, deal with it alone.
Together with musicians from the "Znaki Polskie" ensemble, accompanying them during the process of arranging incredibly moving and timeless mourning songs, I was discovering something new for me - the ways and possibilities of of talking about death, experiencing it, taming it and appreciating the process of conscious mourning. As a human being, I have reopened myself to death, and as a director I decided to talk about it.
I invited people from different backgrounds who are active in the Good Death Institute to talk about it. Each of them experienced death, was able to face it and cope with it, and most of all share their experience, helping others.
The idea of the documentary "Goodbye my wonderful world" was born, with which I wanted to achieve one goal - to strip the death out of its taboo. To give a space to talk about it and tame the subject of passing away. To show that contact with death can give hope and inspire.

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