Ode to Joy uses three absorbing and stylish tales to insightfully examine the new Polish diaspora–why so many young Poles are choosing to leave their native land to live abroad. In Silesia, a girl returns from working as a maid in London only to find her life’s plans falling into ruin; in Warsaw, a hip-hop artist wins a radio contest but faces family illness and his girlfriend’s impending emigration; and in Pomerania, a young man returns home from college and falls into a life of hard-drinking dissolution. These tales represent more than just regions of Poland–they give us insight into the way global changes affect ordinary people’s lives.