84-year-old Vika is the DJ queen of Warsaw’s nightclubs. When she is spinning discs, young people cheer on this grandmother of dreams. Vika! is Agnieszka Zwiefka’s tender portrait of a woman who refuses to grow old in the way that society has prescribed. Age is just a number, and among young people Vika feels most alive. She is a familiar sight in Pride parades and many nightclubs, in Poland as well as abroad.
This documentary, interspersed with colourful musical numbers, is full of life but does not shy away from difficult subjects, even if its protagonist would rather cry when she is alone and not when she is seen. Behind the joy of living and the parties is hidden a long life, which has not been altogether easy. Vika reminisces about her childhood during the war, about the loss of her family, and reflects on how it has been difficult for her to maintain close personal relationships in her life.
The document also touches upon painful issues regarding aging. How is an old person allowed to be seen – or are they allowed to be seen at all? Vika does not want to be an elderly person who watches life from the sidelines. She preaches the message to her peers and with her escapades gets them together to dance and march on the streets so that they too could be seen and heard.
We cannot escape aging, but we can celebrate life to the end. Vika! is a touching and compelling documentary about finding one’s own path and staying true to one’s self.
Ida Kumpulainen (translated by Herman Tikkanen)
Director Agnieszka Zwiefka attends the screening of the film on Thursday, Feb 1.