Documentaries

Our documentaries explore some of the challenges experienced by communities around the world and the work done by local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), supported by the foundation, to tackle these challenges. Our "Domino Effect" series is created in partnership with TVN - the largest commercial television channel in Poland. This partnership has resulted in recognition at a number of film festivals around the world. In addition, we also work in partnership with CNN International to produce documentaries for the CNN Freedom Project, which examines modern slavery.

Season VII

In the 7th season of the documentary series "Domino Effect", Dominika Kulczyk tells the stories of people struggling with many forms of exclusion in countries across the world, including India, Senegal, Cambodia, and Poland. The founder of the Kulczyk Foundation gives voice to those who are rarely heard, especially women and girls. She reminds us of the need for human solidarity, and gives people hope for a better life. Women and children are particularly vulnerable to marginalization, which is why the "Domino Effect" demands their dignity so persistently.

Domino Effect - Season VII

Episode 1: Nepal – Taboo

In some regions of Nepal, a cruel custom of ‘chhaupadi’ is practiced. It involves a set of strict orders and prohibitions that regulate women's lives during menstruation. Menstruation is perceived there as a curse, and menstruating women are dubbed ‘unclean’. They are excluded from the community and family life for several days every month. They must leave the house and sleep in a wicker basket in a cell with goats, or in huts located in a remote area, where they are in danger of assault, rape, and even death due to wild animal attacks or cold nights. ‘Days for Girls Nepal’ helps these women. Dominika Kulczyk meets its leader, local activist Maya Khaitu, who fights against the chhaupadi custom by organizing trainings for women and men. In addition to education opportunities, the organization provides Nepalis with sets of hygiene products for use during menstruation.

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Efekt Domina - Season VII

Episode 2: Cambodia – From Gangster to Hero

Children living in the slums of the capital of Cambodia, Phnom Penh, often work beyond their strength, and many suffer from drug addictions. Yet, they have a chance for a better future thanks to the Tiny Toones center. The centre was created by KK, a former gang member, rapper and breakdance dancer born in a refugee camp in Thailand, and later deported to Cambodia from the USA. He decided to use his life experience and skills to teach children and give them a chance for a better future, creating the Tiny Toones center in 2005. Today it is thriving and attended by hundreds of children every day. Thanks to this organization, children and teenagers can not only learn English, Khmer, and computer skills, but also develop their passions. At the Tiny Toones center, they can forget about their hard life for a moment, focusing on what constitutes the pillars of hip-hop culture: rap, breakdance, or graffiti.

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Domino Effect - Season VII

Episode 3: Poland - Adult Children

In 2018 there were 1,152 foster care institutions in Poland, including care and education centres for children and young people, regional care and therapy centres, and pre-adoptive intervention centres. At that time, there were over 16,600 people residing in such institutions, with the biggest age group being 14-17 year-olds (7,467 people). Children from orphanages who reach adulthood face the challenge of becoming independent. Many of them then encounter barriers to entry into adult life, which can negatively impact their ability to access education or the labour market. The ‘Fundacja One Day Foundation’ was established with the aim of supporting children from orphanages and care and education centres in Poland.

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Domino Effect - Season VII

Episode 4: Senegal - Children of the Street

About 100,000 boys attending Quranic schools in Senegal (the Talibe) are doomed to terrible living conditions every day. They are forced to beg in the streets for meals for themselves and often money for their Quran teachers too. According to the International Labour Organization, such street begging reflects one of the worst forms of child labour. ‘Maison de la Gare’ is a non-governmental organization that was founded in 2007 and operates in the Senegalese city of Saint-Louis. It provides support to the Talibe, both to those who go out to the streets every day between their Quran lessons to beg, and those who have escaped from their schools and now live on the street. The mission of the organisation is to help children who are forced to beg and are abused by their teachers from illegal Quran schools.

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Domino Effect - Season VII

Episode 5: Romania - The Forgotten

According to some estimates, there are currently around two million Roma living in Romania – a country with a population of over 21 million. Although they are officially full Romanian citizens, on average one in three Roma experiences discrimination on grounds of their ethnicity. The Roma are particularly vulnerable to poverty, have problems finding legal advice, and often do not have access to education – nearly 60% of 16 to 24-year-olds do not attend school and do not work. ‘Policy Center for Roma and Minorities’ is a Romanian NGO founded in 2008. It promotes the social integration of Roma and other ethnic minorities. The aim of the organisation is to empower these groups so that their members become active citizens of the communities in which they live.

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Domino Effect - Season VII

Episode 6: India - Forced to Marry

Not being able to make decisions about their own lives is the everyday reality of many women living in India. Usually they become wives long before they come of age. Almost immediately after getting married and their first menstruation, they become pregnant, which is a serious threat to their health. Underage wives also have no chance to continue their education. For the rest of their lives they remain completely dependent on their husbands and in-laws. Approximately 23 percent of Indian girls experience this fate every year, and one in three women subject to a child marriage is Indian. In this episode of "Domino Effect" Dominika Kulczyk meets Dr. Ashok Dyalchand. For over 40 years he has been fighting for the right of Indian girls to decide their own future. He manages the ‘Institute of Health Management Pachod’, which deals primarily with medical assistance for young wives and mothers.

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