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The River of Treasures – a documentary by Marcin Jamkowski & Konstanty Kulik

I was a location producer in Sweden and researcher working on a feature-length documentary film The River of Treasures, directed and filmed by former editor in-chief for National Geographic Poland, Marcin Jamkowski and Konstanty Kulik. The film was produced by Arkana Studio.

Photo by Marcin Jamkowski / Adventure Pictures

The film is telling the story of the sculptures lying 350 years at the bottom of Vistula river. The three-years long expedition organized by University of Warsaw which following historical sources found localization of one of sunken barges. Scientists team, which members were both directors Marcin Jamkowski and Konstanty Kulik, pull out hundreds of valuable architectonic elements. Discovered treasures are the only art objects saved of 17th-century Warsaw. The special permanent museum exposition is being prepared for them.

The ‘River of Treasures’ is creative documentary about adventure journey in the past and facing the myth of sunken treasures. By means of 2D animation and re-enactment, contemporary shots and interviews we dive into the history behind the found stones. They have a lot to tell.

Film provokes open discussion about the ownership of the art objects of the common past of Europe. Authors do not lay claims to anyone but concentrate on finding solution for consolidated sharing of cultural goods beyond borders and historical conflicts as part of cultural heritage of united Europe.