Series/Themes: Historical Themes, Political and Social Issues
Genre: Documentaries, International
Film Year: 2013
Film Length: 127 min.
Director: Andrzej Wajda
Featuring: Robert Więckiewicz, Agnieszka Grochowska, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Cezary Kosiński
Famous journalist Oriana Fallaci conducts a daringly brazen interview, with former Polish “Solidarity” movement leader Lech Wałęsa. This biopic uses the interview as a springboard to delve into a dramatic, biographical portion beginning in 1970 after the communist authorities have bloodily suppressed the workers’ protest, forcing Wałęsa to collaborate with the Security Services. Sustained by his family’s unflinching support, he balances not only the hardships of daily life, but also surmounting, dangerous political pressure. Fear and sense of security, necessity of subordination and a will to rebel – the film, just as Lech Wałęsa’s life, is full of contrast. Introduction by Dariusz Tolczyk (U.Va.)
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