Born in 1956 in Lodz. In 1979 graduated from Directing Department at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography in Moscow. After graduating he returned to Poland where he worked as an assistant director, among others, on the set of Blind Chance by Krzysztof Kieslowski. His documentary debut Hear My Cry was shown to the audience in 1991. It presents the story of Ryszard Siwiec who in autumn 1968, as a protest against the Warsaw Pact intervention in Czechoslovakia, performed the act of self-immolation. Shocking documentary has been awarded with European Film Award (the Felix Award) and the Silver Dragon at the Krakow Film Festival, among others. Since then, Maciej Drygas has completely dedicated to documentary cinema. He’s an author of documentaries such as: Weightless (1994), Schizophrenia (2001), Voice of Hope (2002), One Day in People’s Poland (2005), Hear Us All (2010), Violated Letters (2010), Abu Haraz (2013). In addition to the valued around the world artistic activity the director gets involved in educational projects as well. Currently for example he conducts classes with students at the Film School in Lodz. In 2012, together with Miroslaw Dembinski, he founded the Foundation “Document and the World” – the first ever mobile film school. In the project World from Dawn to Dusk helps young artists to pursue their first documentary shorts.