(latin) shadow, dark area, eclipse of the moon,

the color of death, 

Umbra is intended as an artistic film. Its core motif of the search for oneself, answers the questions:

Who am I? Why am I? How am I?


The protagonist, Alice, experienced sexual abuse as a child, which is ignored and  negated by those in her surroundings. Silence causes the abuse to be pushed out of her consciousness. The consequences, however,  are  apparent in her life, which appears to her as a dream in which the boundaries between the real and surreal are elusive. Alice struggles alone with her illusions about the world and herself. Trapped in traumatic patterns, which she constantly reproduces. To discover the truth, and free herself from the inner prison she embarks on a journey inside herself.​​​​​​​


UMBRA and Psychology

The Inner World of Trauma


Trauma can be realistically portrayed in film by focusing on everyday problems of the victims, accusing the oppressors, denouncing injustice, or by raising trauma’s social and legal aspects. Trauma can also be described through symbolic imagery. It is then that we have a chance to reach the inner world of trauma, describe the indescribable, elusive, irrational. The essence of the symbol is to combine what is conscious and unconscious, rational and irrational.  Symbols merge different layers of reality without merging them into one. A symbolic narrative can, therefore, take place in several realities simultaneously. The interpretation of a symbol is the choice of one level of reality as the dominant one. In my film “Umbra” I speak symbolically of child sexual abuse and how it affects  adult life. I ask philosophical questions about the truth and sense of existence, as well as theological questions about love and God in the face of experiencing evil. The story of child sexual abuse becomes an archetypal tale of evil initiation. This is possible thanks to telling the story through symbolic images: “Whoever speaks in primordial images speaks with a thousand voices: he enthralls and overpowers… he transmutes our personal destiny into the destiny of mankind, and evokes in us all those beneficent forces that ever and anon have enabled humanity to find a refuge from every peril and to outlive the longest night.” C.G Jung.

Child sexual trauma does not allow a child to develop properly, disrupting the entire spectrum of sexual behavior in adult life, causing fear of life, emotional death, lack of contact with reality, dissociation and self-destructive behavior, feelings of shame, guilt and loneliness.

The problem of trauma goes far beyond the sphere of psychological considerations. Trauma destroys faith in the meaning of life and undermines the existence of love.


Urszula Nawrot artist, director, producer, MA in International Relations. She has been dealing with the subject of trauma for 10 years. The film “Umbra” was a kind of an experiment, an attempt to reach the inner world of trauma through an archetypal image. Work on the film lasted 5 years and is a symbolic record of dreams, nightmares, interpersonal struggles, feelings and behaviors of people who have experienced trauma. The impact of the film is the subject of her research and future doctoral dissertation.

The film is recommended by prof. Bogdan de Barbaro, and has won recognition of such professionals as Peter A. Levine. For 5 years it has been shown at psychological and psychiatric conferences, used as a teaching resource in trauma courses.





"No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul". Ingmar Bergman

Images are constructed so as to present the internal state of the protagonist, and only then to describe reality; The somnambulistic narration (not importunately) predominates over the real one (not literally).

An artistic effect is being achieved by clashing the real space with the surreal space (whereby in the surreal space I use the surrealists’ method: objects and persons are real, but they are set together in unreal relations and applications/situations).

The main forms of expression used in the film: image with the prominent role of music, dance, atmosphere full of symbols – realistic sets penetrated by illusion, actual sets permeated by the imagination of the main character. Individual images are inspired by painting, graphic art and poster.


  • title: UMBRA/Eclipse of the moon
  • written, directed, visual concept by: Urszula Nawrot
  • artistic advisors: Prof. Leszek Madzik, Lech Majewski, Jack Gold, Andrzej Bartkowiak
  • cast: Urszula Nawrot, Leszek Bzdyl, Michalina Wisniewska
  • music composed and performed by: Marek Kuczynski
  • cinematography by: Grzegorz Hartfiel and Urszula Nawrot
  • additional: Oskar Kozlowski, Olaf Malinowski, Maciej Puczynski
  • edited by: Urszula Nawrot, Milenia Fiedler
  • production designer: Urszula Nawrot
  • costume designer: Magdalena Major
  • make-up artist: Natalia Zdrojek, Magdalena Danikewicz
  • choreography by: Urszula Nawrot, Leszek Bzdyl
  • postproduction by: EBH, 3 de
  • colorist: Przemysław Niedźwiedzki
  • sound by: DREAMSOUND / Filip Krzyzykowski
  • produced by: COPALFILM Urszula Nawrot
  • co-produced by: TELEWIZJA POLSKA S.A., MAGIC PRODUCTION Sp. z o.o.
  • production manager: Paweł Kurzacz
  • genre: artistic / narrative fiction short/ experimental / auteur cinema
  • time: 30 minutes
  • country: Poland
  • production date:  September 2015r
  • premier: 


New York City International Film Festival 

  • 1. Best International Short Film; 2016

West Chester Film Festival

  • 2. Best Female Director; 2016

Art Film Festival Cannes

  • 3. 2nd Prize; 2016

Action on Film Festival. Las Vegas,

Polish Short Film Festival; 2017

  • 4. Best Directing
  • 5. Best Cinematography
  • 6. Best Short

Women's Independent Film Festival, Los Angeles; 2016

  • 7. First Place Experimental
  • 8. Best Directing
  • 9. Best Cinematography
  • 10. Best Editing

European Short Film Festival, Berlin 2017

        11. Best scifi/horror

Art Movie Film Festival 2017

        12. Best Experimental Short Film

Arte Non Stop Festival, Buenos Aires 2018

       13. Best Medium Lenght Film

       14. Best Female Direction Medium Length Film

      15. Best Cinematography Medium Length Film 

      16. Best Actress Urszula Nawrot Medium Length Film

      17. Best Actor Leszek Bzdyl Medium Length Film

Consonance Music and Dance Film Festival 2019

      18. Best Art Dance Award

Anabelle Munro The Most Important Films and Scripts in the World 2019

     19. Impact Award: Psychology

4 Seasons Film Festival, Barcelona 2019

     20. Best Director

     21. Best Photography

VIP Film Festival 2019

     22. Best Actress - Urszula Nawrot

     23. Best Choreography - Leszek Bzdyl, Urszula Nawrot

Fantastic Film Festival, Barcelona & Resistencia 2020

   23. Best Director Best

   24. Fantastic Art



Brooklyn Film Festival 2017

        Official Selection

Audi Dublin International Film Festival 2016

      Special Screening - Dance on Film

Capital City Film Festival 2016

       Official Selection

Camerimage International Film Festival 2015

        Talent Demo

40th Gdynia Film Festival 2015

      Official Selection

Festival de Cannes 2016

      Marché du Film

Fastnet Short Film Festival

     a Special Guest Screening