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'Cinema of Freedom' explores communist downfall

PR dla Zagranicy
Nick Hodge 05.06.2014 11:35
Director Andrzej Wajda is among the ambassadors of a new nationwide and overseas initiative exploring the communist era in Poland and the role of some film-makers in undermining the regime.

Photo: kinowolnosc.pl

The programme was created to mark the 4 June 1989 free elections that triggered the end of communist rule in Poland.

Besides screenings of key films across the country and abroad, new in-depth interviews about the relationship between film-makers and the regime will be made available online.

Guests taking part in the interviews include former Solidarity leader Lech Walesa, director Andrzej Wajda and actors Boleslaw Linda and Jerzy Radziwilowicz.

Three classics made during Solidarity's heyday prior to the December 1981 introduction of martial law are included in the programme of feature films: Wajda's Man of Iron (1981), Krzysztof Kieslowski's Blind Chance (1981) and Wojciech Marczewski's Shivers (1981).

Also featured is Ryszard Bugajski's Interrogation (1982), a film that proved so controversial that it was banned, compelling the director to emigrate.

Several documentary films have also been selected for the programme, including Maciej Drygas's Here My Scream (1991), which focuses on Ryszard Siwiec, who set himself alight after Warsaw Pact forces invaded Czechoslovakia in 1968.

For more information on the programme, and links to interviews, see the official web site. (nh)

Source: PAP, IAR

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