Eliza Kubarska is a Polish filmmaker and director known for her documentary films. She was born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1982.
Kubarska studied film at the University of Silesia in Katowice, graduating in 2007. After graduation, she worked as a production manager and assistant director for several short films and documentaries. In 2009, she directed her first short documentary, “Them”, which was selected for the Koszalin International Film Festival.
Kubarska's breakthrough came in 2011 with her feature-length documentary “The Queen of Silence”. The film follows a deaf-blind girl from a Roma family in Romania as she learns sign language and struggles to fit in with her peers. The film was widely praised for its sensitive portrayal of the girl and her family, and won multiple awards, including the Best Documentary Award at the Locarno International Film Festival.
In 2014, Kubarska released her second documentary, “The Red Machine”. The film follows a group of underground cyclists in Warsaw as they race through the city’s streets. It was nominated for the Golden Bear Award at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Kubarska’s third documentary, “No Land’s Song”, was released in 2015. It follows a French-Iranian singer as she struggles to perform her music in Iran despite the country’s strict gender laws. The film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
Kubarska has also directed several short films, including “Kiss Me Not on the Eyes” (2017) and “One Day in Poland” (2018). Her latest project, “The Beast Is Still Alive”, is set to be released in 2021.
Kubarska has been praised for her sensitive and intimate filmmaking style, which focuses on stories of marginalized and overlooked individuals and communities. Her work has been shown at numerous international film festivals, and she has won numerous awards for her films. She currently lives and works in Warsaw, Poland.