Cinema on Jupiter. “Happy Olo – a cheerful ballad about Olek Doba”

We cordially invite you to the Cinema on Jupiter. On November 27 at 4:30 p.m. we will watch a documentary telling the story of
about the life of one of the most outstanding Polish travelers – Aleksander Doba.


“Happy Olo” is an unusual film ballad in the convention of road cinema about one of the most outstanding Polish travelers – Aleksander Doba. It is a story full of optimism, smiles and music. The eponymous Olo tells his stories in an original and characteristic way during the journey, the goal of which is… transport of a kayak through Poland full of charm. These stories are accompanied by crazy fragments of films from his transatlantic expeditions, animations illustrating adventures interspersed with songs. Playing with conventions and imaginary characters appearing on the road show Olek’s youthful nature, despite being over seventy years old. The film is a praise of striving to make your dreams come true. Due to its positive and slightly unreal character, it is addressed to viewers of all ages.

When we meet the title character, he has already circumnavigated Lake Baikal alone, cruised from the source to the mouth of the Vistula River and two – the first successful in history – expeditions across the Atlantic (one from Africa to South America with a length of 5,394 km, the other from Europe to North America with a length of 12,427 km). And all this alone, without anyone’s help and on a small kayak propelled only by muscle power. For his incredible achievements, the readers of the National Geographic magazine awarded him the title of the traveler of the year 2015.

Who is our special hero?

Aleksander Ludwik Doba (born September 9, 1946 in Swarzędz) is a Polish explorer. He was the first man in history to kayak across the Atlantic Ocean from continent to continent using only the power of his own muscles. At the turn of 2013 and 2014, he swam alone across the widest section of the Atlantic, between the coasts of Europe and North America. In 167 days, he covered over 12 thousand kilometers. Thus, he crossed the Atlantic in a kayak for the second time. National Geographic readers appreciated his feat and thanks to an online vote he won the title of Traveler of the Year 2015. In 2016, he embarked on his third transatlantic kayak expedition from New York to Lisbon, which he was forced to interrupt due to an accident. In 2017 he intends to continue it He also kayaked around the Baltic Sea and Lake Baikal.

He is a two-time gold, silver and bronze medalist of the Open Academic Championships of Polish in mountain kayaking. He flew gliders of various types and obtained the third class of parachute jumper. He is now retired.

With his wife Gabriela, he has two sons – Bartłomiej and Czesław and two granddaughters Olga and Agata. He was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta Polish.

More about the film and its creators

source: Polish Film Institute/ youtube.com

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