'Papusza' is based on the true story of the Roma poet Bronistawa Wajs (1908 -1987). The film follows Papusza's life from birth to old age: an arranged marriage as a small girl, her life in a gypsy community before, during and after second world war, then forced urban settlement under the post-war Communist Polish regime and urban life in poverty. Her meeting with the Polish poet Jerzy Ficowski, who discovered her great talent for poetry and published her works led to a tragic paradox: a famous poet was living in poverty, and was also rejected by the Roma community for betraying their secrets. With beautiful monochrome photography, Papusza gives much insight into the Roma way of life, soon to be swept away by the German invasion of Poland at the start of the Second World War and then the subsequent Communist regime. Speaking mostly in the Roma language, the cast of actors includes mostly non-professionals from Roma families.