Animation in which a young Polish man retraces the surprising steps that led him to find his place in Northern Ireland society and call Belfast his home.
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My name is Lukasz Adamczyk and I come from Poland.
I was born in a small village in Poland
and all my memories from being a child will be connected to football.
I played for a local team, and then whenever I was older
there was a big team, we can call it,
just came in and then placed the offer on the table.
But obviously I was only 14,
so at that stage when your parents are controlling what you do in life,
in your life, and my mum didn't let me go and play for that team,
so I stayed local but I was still... good level I played at.
That's what helped me to settle down in Northern Ireland.
You're very welcome here to Belfast City Airport.
There was four of us
who were thinking about going abroad and work.
When we arrived, 10th of May 2005,
it was 9am, Wednesday morning, I remember it.
We didn't have accommodation, we didn't have work,
so obviously we were looking somewhere to stay.
When we found accommodation, you know, we started looking for work.
First post was kitchen porter,
washing dishes they have at the busy canteens.
After that I was promoted to the room service.
I ended up doing the office work in the canteen, which was good.
That was something related to my background from Poland,
finance and banking background, so I enjoyed.
I met an officer who is attached to PSNI
and who wanted learn some Polish.
She encouraged me to apply.
PSNI was an answer here, I thought.
Every day is different in the response.
You just go from call to call.
You deal with complaints, you know, and you do interview people
in relation to, you know, crime they have committed or not.
You go to court. You give evidence in court.
When you have time, you do some proactive work on the ground,
trying to reduce domestic rates for burglaries and antisocial behaviour.
Sudden deaths, as a response officer you need to go and collect evidence.
You need to sometimes just push the door, and that's the one thing
that really stays in your mind.
Young-people deaths or road-traffic collision,
it's not the nicest experience, but it is part of your job
and you need to be ready to do it.
I try not to talk at home about work
because there's incidents or problems that are sensitive
and I always say, less my wife know, less problems she has,
and it's the same with my parents back home.
They are proud that I'm a police officer,
but there's aspects of security
that I don't really want them to know about
because they have own life over there,
they do not have to worry about me.
I'm an adult. I can look after myself.
Hello, Constable Lukasz Adamczyk speaking.
HE SPEAKS IN POLISH
I do work here, most of my friends are living here.
Definitely Northern Ireland's home.
A young man from Poland retraces the surprising steps that led him to find his place in Northern Ireland society and call Belfast his home. A new animated film by award-winning animation studio Flickerpix.