Less and Less Soul
Less and less soul, emptiness, dust all around, everything is in disorder - these words only seemingly describe the church where Piotr spoke about the harm done to him by a priest – a friend of the family. But the story is not about the building ... How does the soul of a harmed child look like? How does the Catholic Church (as an institution) look like after two thousand years of monopoly on human souls, defining bad and good, virtue and sin? Where is justice, redress and forgiveness? How Faith, Hope and Love dies in us?
This audio documentary is built on the main character’s trust and confidence that a radio journalist can make a difference. This confidence has turned an intimate confession into a public statement on a very important issue of sexual abuse in the Catholic church, which has been swept under the carpet for many years. Human voice does matter and has the power to drive profound change, while the radio - thanks to its wide accessibility - is a medium which makes the voice stronger and more powerful. A whisper can be louder than a shout; it stays in the heart and mind forever. The radio, through skilful use of sound, can not only communicate facts but also the truth about human emotions in a direct, close and trustworthy manner. This feature was one of the sparks that triggered an open discussion in Poland on the Catholic church’s responsibility for sexual offences.
Producer Agnieszka Czyżewska Jacquemet
Sound Editor Piotr Król
Music Artur Giordano
Translation Agnė Mackė
Voice-over Adomas Zubė, Linas Zubė, Vaida Pilibaitytė, Rima Žilinskaitė, Angelė Daugininkaitienė, Rūta Dambravaitė
Sound desing Martynas Gailius
Agnieszka Czyżewska Jacquemet
She has been working as editor and commissioning editor at the Documentary Department of the Polish Radio Lublin for about 20 years. For her documentary work, she has been awarded several international prizes, such as Prix Europa and Prix Bohemia, and won numerous national awards. When asked about her work as a radio journalist, she says: ‘I look for meaning and universality not in great global events, important topics, but in the life of a human being. A drop reflects the ocean. A human being gives soul and body to all disasters, wars, political decisions and social issues. And what is important to me is not to listen but to hear. There is no understanding without hearing.’