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Michnik: "Be realistic, aim for the impossible!"

Michnik: "Be realistic, aim for the impossible!"

ok16 (Kastryčnickaja str, 16)
Film Screening

Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz

2015, Poland, 96 m.

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Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz’s film about one of the leading heroes in Poland’s struggle for human rights Adam Michnik. It is a film about a man that is “impossible to format,” in the words of the director. The images include archival materials from the People’s Republic of Poland, which are spectacular thanks to Michnik’s rebellious acts that ruin the communist propaganda circus. They also include stories by his colleagues and show his interactions with people, during which Michnik is always intensively present, with the sole exception of a memorable lengthy sequence shot after Michnik won his defamation case, when his political opponents follow him insistently with their cameras. All the more, his detachment in these scenes makes a powerful impression.