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Poland

Destination--Poland.

An overview of Poland and Peace Corps activities in that country with emphasis on how Poland's geography has effected its history and discussions with students on economic and political changes since the ending of communist rule there. 16 min.

Far From Poland.

Combines documentary footage and dramatic reenactments to portray the Polish Solidarity Movement. Denied visas to shoot in Poland, the filmmaker constructs a film in New York over the barest bones of documentary footage and creates her personal definition of the Polish struggle. The result: a deft dismemberment of the myth of "documentary truth." A film by Jill Godmilow in collaboration with Susan Delson, Mark Magill and Andrzej Tomowski. 1984. 106 min.

Gypsies.

A cinema-verite style documentary film directed by Wladyslaw Slesicki that follows a traveling gypsy caravan as they wander across rural Poland. Original synchronous sound with no Commentary. Direction and script by Wadyslaw Slesicki. 1961. 30 min.

Nothing to Lose.

Interview with Lech Walesa and discussion of the Polish Solidarity Movement. 58 min.

People Power, 1989 (People's Century).

In 1991, the Communist Party lost control of the Soviet Union, the culmination of a process that started in 1980 in the Polish shipyards when millions joined Lech Walesa's Solidarity movement which signaled the beginning of the end for Soviet-style communism. Here eyewitnesses tell the story of how the Communist system collapsed as they remember the extraordinary weeks that preceded and followed the fall of the Berlin Wall; Poland's fight for solidarity; Czechoslovakia's "Velvet Revolution;" the struggle for power in the Soviet Union and more. 1998. 56 min.

Poland: We've Caught God by the Arm. (Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict)

In August, 1980, workers at the Gdansk shipyard went on strike. Lech Walesa was the chief negotiator for the workers, who avoided the mistakes of earlier strikes by maintaining strict nonviolent discipline--and by occupying their shipyard, to deter a violent crackdown by authorities.

Struggles for Poland.

Discusses the history and politics of Poland in the 20th Century. 9 parts. 60 min. each installment Once Upon a Time, 1900-1923. Documents through archival films, interviews and stills, how the vision of two Polish leaders, Josef Pilsudski and Roman Dmowski, along with a series of major events, provided the necessary catalysts for Poland to regain its sovereign status after years of domination by foreign powers. [preservation copy] A False Dawn, 1921-1939.

The Mystery of Poland (L' enigme polonaise)

A film by Georges Mink et Virginie Linhart. Nearly twenty years after the collapse of communism, Poland is still hesitating. It is torn between liberalism and communism, between offering amnesty or launching a witch hunt. To understand this indecision, we have to go back to 1989 and the round table talks between communists and opposition groups that enabled Poland to peacefully shake off communism.