This 60-minute documentary explores the Western perspective on the last 30 years of Polish history since the momentous partially free parliamentary elections, and it examines the role that the United States played in the process of transformation in Poland. The elections on 4 June 1989 not only caused the collapse of communism in Poland, but also triggered a chain reaction of events throughout the region – from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the collapse of the Soviet Union. The film includes unknown facts of Lech Wałęsa’s famous speech to the US Congress in 1989, as well as unique, never before shown archival material.
Born in 1956 in Warsaw. Documentary film director, investigative reporter and producer working for BBC (from 1992). Graduate of the Iberian Literature & Studies at Warsaw University. In the ‘80s she worked for Spanish EFE and from 1990 to 1992 for CBS News. Her most acclaimed films are a 2004 “This World: Access to Evil” documentary about death camps in North Korea and “Children of Beslan” about Beslan school hostage crisis, nominated for an Emmy Award in 2005. For the last few years she has been the presenter of an international documentary strand on TVN24 and TVN24Bis, American owned commercial channels in Poland. Most recently she has been a motivational speaker talking to varied audiences about her experiences, which she described in a book “I Witnessed”.
(1112 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago)
Wednesday, 11/13/2019 7:00 PM.
2019, 58 min, Poland
English, Polish with English subtitles