2009 Film Presentations

The Polish Enigma. Exit from Communism: Great negotiations

Directed by Virginie Linhart and Georges Mink

With the birth of Solidarnost in 1980, Poland successfully contested the power of the communist regime, before losing hard won freedoms shortly after. Unprecedented negotiations between the communists and Solidarnost's leader a few years later, however, helped pave the way for the fall of communist regimes in Eastern Europe. Surprisingly, by the mid-1990s, democratic elections brought the communists back to power in Poland. The film explores this seesaw movement in Polish politics by delving deeply into the murky history of negotiations between Solidarnost and the communists throughout. 

Contact: Georges Mink [email protected]

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