PAREVO 2.0 - International Documentary Film Festival

Film

25 years After the democratic changes - Polish, Hungarian, Slovak and Czech movies on the International Documentary Film Festival.

Friday 28 November — Sunday 30 November 2014

Docuart Mozi

Ráday u. 18., Budapest, Hungary

POLISH FILMS

1989

Directed by Michał Bielawski, 57 min, 2014 (Polish)

1989 was a turning point in Poland's post II WW history. Between February and April, when the last (as it turned out) communist government was sitting down with Solidarity leaders to discuss the possibility of making the notorious trade union legal again (by then it was already more of a freedom movement than a trade union), they could never have foreseen that by December of that year they would be working together with the opposition on a new constitution and setting up a major reform of country's ailing economy. The Polish Round Table agreement kick started political changes and accelerated reforms that no one in Poland was able to forsee. Michał Bielawski's film documents the high spirits of the nation from the time around the Round Table talks, through June 4th parliamentary elections and Tadeusz Mazowiecki becoming our first democratic PM, to the downfall of the entire political order east of the iron curtain. Drawing from the official as well as unofficial sources, photographs and wittness accounts of that time, the director portrays 1989 as the year of renewed hope some major, to large extent positive, chaos.

 

Generation 89 [Pokolenie 89 / A ’89-es nemzedék]

Directed by Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz, 61 min, 2002 (Polish)

The documentary Generation ’89 portrays the so-called Generation of the Great Change. They are the members of the first generation who lived their own adulthood in the Third Republic. Young people, currently in their thirties, most of them were sitting at school in 1989. They were born in around 1968. The system change reached them during their university studies, which allowed them to decide about their own future freely and independently. They faced questions like shall they go on with their studies? Shall they create independent media or civil organisations? Shall they launch private businesses, new braches such as advertising or promotion? Active participation in politics? Or rather decommunizing the secret services? The documentary allows an inspection into the individuals of the Generation ’89, who were mature adults when entering the Third Republic. Generation ’89 shows their heroes’ success and failures, worries and fears, as well as, presents the past two decades of the Polish freedom.

 

Arizona

Directed by Ewa Borzęcka, 46 min, 1997 (Polish)

The title does not refer to the American state, but to a cheap wine brand that flows liberally in this documentary. Socially, things look bad for the inhabitants of the Polish village Zagórki since the state farm they worked on went bankrupt a few years ago. It happened in 1990; since then, the 750,000-acre estate looks deserted and the former farm workers and cattle drivers are sitting at home, musing on the old days and complaining about the grievous wrongs suffered by them. From a flourishing, thriving community, the village is now reduced to a sad lot of embittered people, whose sole income is a small allowance and whose sole distraction is the muddled intoxication of the cheap Arizona wine. The camera mercilessly registers the dismal condition of the houses and streets, and the numerous candid interviews supply a poignant image of the blind-alley situation in this remote village.

 

Stadiums Revolt [Bunt stadionów / Stadionok lázadása]

Directed by Mariusz Pilis, 58 min, 2013 (Polish)

Mariusz Pilis’ film Stadiums Revolt investigates the question ‘who the supporters really are’. Why did the government select the stadiums for target-stands? Why is the media presenting the stadium scaffolds just as if they were the centre of violence? The filmmaker makes in-depth interviews with the supporters. He travels around in Poland with his camera and he visits the rival sport clubs involving their supporters in order to listen to their opinions. He gives the opportunity for the ones who yet has had no chance to speak.  The film is a journey into a world, which looks completely different as presented throughout the channels of mass media.