The Queen of Silence

The Queen of Silence

Agnieszka Zwiefka


The Queen of Silence tells the story of 10-year-old Denisa, a deaf Roma girl who lives in an illegal settlement in Poland. The residents of what was supposed to be only a temporary camp are exposed to aggressive attacks from neighbours on a daily basis and face the constant threat of eviction. Life’s not easy for the deaf and dumb girl, who is referred to by the others as the »stupid one«. But Denisa knows how to fend for herself. Her strategy for survival is to dance!
A box of Bollywood films she finds introduces her to a glamorous, magical world through which she can express herself. She dances for the community, and the community dances with her.

The Queen of Silence is an unusual documentary, an experiment that blends fiction with reality. Agnieszka Zwiefka introduces viewers to the daily struggle for survival through the eyes of an imaginative and strong child using the formal means of a Bollywood film. Zwiefka films the girl in special situations in her life – for example, when she’s offered the chance to hear for the first time. And when she decides she doesn’t want to hear but to remain the queen in her world of silence.

In cooperation with Polnisches Institut Düsseldorf.

Film programme Broken Landscapes

German premiere

Director / Script

Agnieszka Zwiefka


Aleksander Duraj, Armaund Urbaniak


Thomas Ernst, Hansjörg Weissbrich


Artur Kuczkowski


Jessica de Rooij, CocoRosie, Dani Printul Banatului

Production Filmproduktion, Heino Deckert, Iris Pakulla, Chilli Productions, Stefilm International, Odra-Film HBO Europe, ZDF/ ARTE, YLE, RAI TRE, RSI und SVT


Deckert Distribution

Agnieszka Zwiefka

Agnieszka Zwiefka worked for the Polish TV channel TVP for more than twelve years, writing numerous award-winning television documentaries. In 2007, she received a doctorate in the field of new media and since then has taught the subjects of television journalism and interactive film with a focus on multimedia storytelling at the University of Breslau. In 2010, she founded her production company Chilli Productions with which she continues to develop television formats. Her most recent film Albert Cinema was presented in the Docu Talents of the East series at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival.

Films by Anieszka Zwiefka
Albert Cinema 2013 | Underground City 2009