Join the Polish Studies Initiative (PSI) and POLISH 5194 for a special five-part film series showcasing both classics and new works of Polish cinema. All screenings will take place in 360 Journalism Building. Please send questions to PSI program coordinator, Alicia Baca (firstname.lastname@example.org). Discussion will follow each film screening.
Man of Iron/Człowiek z żelaza (1981, dir. Andrzej Wajda)
"Winkel, a down-on-his-luck radio reporter, is sent to Gdańsk to dig up dirt on Tomczyk, one of the leaders of a burgeoning workers’ movement. Trying to get into the shipyard that’s become the epicenter of the movement, Winkel bumps into Tomzyk’s old friend, who shows him never-released footage of the August 1970 riots. Gradually the story of Tomczyk and his father, former model worker Mateusz Birkut, emerges with a portrait of the rising Solidarity movement. Awarded the Palme d’Or at the 1981 Cannes Film Festival, this (loosely defined) sequel to Man of Marble is, in retrospect, as much about the end of an era as the dawn of a new one. Within months of its release, martial law would be declared and Solidarity repressed." – Film at Lincoln Center