Dr Anna Misiak

Job title
Course Coordinator, MA Film & Television
01326 370457 Ext: 1457

Former Fulbright Scholar at the University of Southern California, Anna Misiak holds a PhD from the Polish Academy of Sciences. She is a senior lecturer in Film and MA Film & TV course coordinator. She authored one monograph, Kinematograf kontrolowany (2006) and contributed her film research to edited collections and peer-reviewed journals. Between 2013-2016, Anna was an investigator on an international research project, ‘Documentary in V4 Countries’, which was supported by the Visegrad University Studies Grant. In 2015, she won the Leverhulme Trust Fellowship to develop her archive documentary study, Life Under Communism. Before coming to Falmouth, Anna had lectured in film, media, sociology, and culture studies at the American Studies Centre, Warsaw University and at Warsaw Higher School for Humanities.

In 2017, together with Anna Backman Rogers from Gothenburg University in Sweden, Anna founded a feminist open access academic journal MAI: Feminism & Visual Culture http://maifeminism.com/. She serves as a co-editor-in-chief for this publication.

Anna's research has always explored the interdependence between film and society. Her most recent academic interests centre on archive and cinema that transgresses dominant ideologies. She is the author of Women under Communism: A Report from The Archive: http://womenundercommunism.com/ and a contributor to Female Agency and Documentary Strategies (2018, Edinburgh University Press). Anna is currently working on her book on Polish documentary. Outside academia, she has translated several feature films and TV series (including Green Wing) for Polish television channels and worked as a book reviewer for literary magazines. 

In her teaching, Anna aims to inspire and awaken her film & TV students' creativity through consideration of intellectually challenging concepts and theories. Several years of HE teaching have given Anna a lot of satisfaction. Numerous professional and academic successes of her students have included festival awards, nominations, film criticism awards, as well as publications in prestigious journals. At weekends, she teaches yoga classes in Falmouth and Penryn. 


YearQualificationAwarding body
PhD in Sociology/Film
Institute of Sociology and Philosophy, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland
MA in Literature and Culture Studies
Collegium for Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities, Warsaw University, Warsaw, Poland
MA in American Studies
American Studies Center, Warsaw University, Warsaw Poland

Honours and awards


Leverhulme Trust Fellowship


Fulbright Scholarship


Four years full-time PhD Scholarship Award from the Graduate School for Social Research, Institute of Sociology and Philosophy, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland

Membership of external committees

Member of Association for the Study of Nationalities
Member of South West Screen Research Network
Member of Network for Eastern European Film Scholars UK
Member of CFF Steering Group

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

Contemporary Eastern European Cinema
Polish Cinema
Transnational Cinema
World Cinema
Documentary Film
Research Methodology
TV Drama
American Cinema
Film and Freedom of Speech
Culture Studies

Research topics

Research and Methods in Media
World Cinema
Polish Film
Film Censorship
Film and Leftist Ideology
Film and Gender Studies
Contemporary Eastern European Cinema
Cinema and Cultural Trauma
American Cinema
Heritage/ Epic Film
Eastern European Documentary Film

Research outputs

Publications and research outputs



Misiak, Anna (2018) When Politics Tipped the Scales: Locating Polish Documentary Films from the 1940s. Historical Journal of Film, Radio & Television, 10.1080/01439685.2017.1414998. ISSN 1465-3451 (In Press) Item availability may be restricted.

Misiak, Anna and Bielak, Anna (2017) ORDERY NA POPLAMIONYCH SUKNIACH: ROZMOWA Z ANNĄ MISIAK. dwutygodnik.com, 224. ISSN NA

Misiak, Anna and Galuszka, Kinga (2017) Woman under Communism: Rozmowa z Anna Misiak. Film Pro: Magazyn dla profesjonalistow i pasjonatow kina, 31 (3). pp. 42-46. ISSN 2081-4178

Misiak, Anna (2015) Trapped by bureaucracy: Kieślowski, his masters and the making of Urzᶏd. Short Film Studies, 5 (1). pp. 21-25. ISSN 20427824

Misiak, Anna (2013) Don't Look to the East: National Sentiments in Andrzej Wajda's Contemporary Film Epics. Journal of Film and Video, 65 (3). pp. 26-39. ISSN 07424671

Misiak, Anna (2013) Polish Film Industry under Communist Control: Censorship Conceptions and Misconceptions. Iluminance, 24 (4). ISSN 0862-397X

Misiak, Anna (2012) Jerzy Skolimowski: The Cinema of the Non-conformist. Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, 32 (1). pp. 150-152. ISSN 0143-0985 Item availability may be restricted.

Misiak, Anna (2009) Our own courtyard: Post-traumatic Polish cinema. New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film, 7 (3). pp. 237-256. ISSN 1474-2756

Misiak, Anna (2005) ‘Not a Stupid White Man: The Democratic Context of Michael Moore’s Documentaries’. Journal of Popular Film and Television, 33 (3). pp. 160-168. ISSN 0195-6051

Misiak, Anna (2005) ‘Kontrowersyjna wolnosc. Elia Kazan w amerykanskim przemysle filmowym’ (‘Controversial freedom. Elia Kazan in the US Film Industry’). Kwartalnik Filmowy (Film Quarterly), 49-50. pp. 172-188. ISSN 0452-9502

Misiak, Anna (2003) Politically Involved Filmmaker: Aleksander Ford and Film Censorship in Poland after 1945. Kinema, Fall 2003. ISSN 1192-6252

Misiak, Anna (2003) Cenzura Filmowa po Zjezdzie w Wisle/Film Censorship after the Wisla Meeting. Kwartalnik Filmowy/Film Quarterly, Fall. pp. 92-102. ISSN 0452-9502

Book Chapter

Misiak, Anna (2018) From Visceral Style to Discourse of Resistance: Reading Alka Sadat’s Afghan Documentaries on Violence Against Women. In: Female Agency and Documentary Strategies: Subjectivities, Identity, and Activism. Edinburgh University Press, Edinurgh. ISBN 9781474419475 Item availability may be restricted.
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Misiak, Anna (2014) Gazing at the 'World without Women': Female Documentary Filmmakers in Socialist Poland. In: Dokumentarny film v krajinach V4/ Documentary film in V4 countries. Vysoka skola muzickych umeni, Bratislava, pp. 56-77. ISBN 978-80-89439-65-2 Item availability may be restricted.

Conference or Workshop Item

Misiak, Anna (2018) FEMINISTS UNDER COMMUNISM? Everyday Experiences of Polish Women as Filmed by Female Documentarians. In: Doing Women’s Film and Television History IV: Calling the Shots – Then, Now, and Next (Academic Conference), 23-25 May 2018, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK.

Misiak, Anna (2017) The Miscellaneous Chronicles of Gender Equality under Communism: Everyday Experiences of Polish Women as Filmed by Female Documentarians. In: Visible Evidence XXIV, 2 August to 6 August 2017, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Item availability may be restricted.

Misiak, Anna (2014) The Voices of Displaced Afghan Women: Documentaries by Alka Sadat. In: World Documentary Conference 2014, 9-11 September 2014, Falmouth University. Item availability may be restricted.

Misiak, Anna (2011) Dare to be Critical: Making Films in Poland Under Communism Control. In: Screen Industries in East Central Europe, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. Item not available from this repository.


Misiak, Anna (2006) Kinematograph Controlled: Film Censorship in a Former Communist State and in Democracy. Poland and the USA: A Comparative Sociological Analysis (Kinematograf kontrolowany: Cenzura filmowa w kraju socjalistycznym i demokratycznym. Analiza socjologiczna). Universitas, Kraków. ISBN 8324207775


Misiak, Anna (2017) Women & Film Under Communism: A Report from the Archive. [Website]




Misiak, Anna and Backman Rogers, Anna (2017) MAI: Feminism & Visual Culture. [Journal]
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Misiak, Anna (2013) Review: 'A Social History of Iranian Cinema, Vol.4: The Globalizing Era, 1984-2010'. Transnational Cinemas, 4 (2). ISSN Print ISSN: 2040-3526 Online ISSN: 2040-3534
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World Documentary Film & TV Conference, Penryn Campus, Falmouth University, 4-6 September


Archive Symposium, Penryn Campus, Falmouth University


Image 2.0: Digital Media Futures: International Interdisciplinary Conference,
Penryn Campus, Falmouth University


South West Screen Research Network Symposium, Penryn Campus,
Falmouth University


'American Freedoms, American (Dis)orders'. Polish Association for American Studies 2004 Conference, American Studies Center, Warsaw University, Warsaw, Poland

Externally funded research grants information

Year startingYear endingProject titleFunderValueCollaboratorsHESA Category
Life under Communism:
Leverhulme Trust Fellowship

Individual Grant

2 UK-based charities - Open competitive process
Documentary film in V4 countries before and after 1989
Visegrad Fund http://visegradfund.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/approved/v4fund_approved_vusg+vusg-eap_2012.pdf

Dr. Tereza Cz. Dvorakova from Masaryk University in Brno, Dr. Terez Vincze from Elte University in Budapest, Dr. Maria Ridzonova Fenencuhova (project coordinator) from the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava

6 EU government bodies
Kinematograf Kontrolowany/ Publishing Grant
Polish Ministry of Science

Individual Grant

6 EU government bodies
'Immigrants in Film'
Polish Science Foundation

Conference Grant

7 EU-based charities- Open competitive process
Film Censorship: Comparative Study
The Fulbright Program

Individual Research Grant

10 Non-EU-based charities Open competitive process
Film Archive Research Project
Polish and Czech Governments

Individual Research Grant

6 EU government bodies

Research students

Research degrees examined

Anna has examined one MPhil candidate at Falmouth University and a few Masters degrees in Warsaw/Poland.

Number of research degree examinations: 5


Areas of teaching

Transnational Film
World Cinema
American Cinema
Research Practice and Methodology
Mass Communication
Culture Studies
Silent Film
Gender Studies
Classical Hollywood
academic writing
Criticism Analysis Theory
Immigration Studies
New Media
European Cinema
Communication Studies
Audience Research
Archive Research

Courses taught

FLM160 World Cinema (Module Leader)
FLM233 Transnational Cinema (Module Leader)
FLM240 Research and Methods (Archive, Audience, Work Placement) (Module Leader)
FLM220 American Cinema (Module Leader)
FLM301 Research Practice (Module Leader)
FLM303 Conceptual Development Theory (Module Leader)
FLM305 Dissertation (Module Leader)

Policy engagement within Cornwall

Anna is a member of the Steering Group and the Film Selection Panel for Cornwall Film Festival.

Professional engagement