Polish Films at the Sheffield Doc/Fest

Beats of Freedom, dir. Leszek Gnoiński and Wojciech Słota

Little Bride, dir. Lesław Dobrucki

Beats of Freedom
3 November, 4.30 pm
Showroom 1
7 November, 8.30pm
Showroom 2
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Dir. Wojciech Słota, Leszek Gnoiński
Producer: Instytut Adama Mickiewicza

Poland/ 2010/ 73 min/ Digi Beta PAL/ Polish, English

Warsaw's Palace of Culture and Science was a gift from Stalin, a reminder of the violent repression Poland suffered in the 1950s. When The Rolling Stones played there in 1967, it signalled a new openness in Polish society, and for the next three decades, rock n roll reflected and helped fuel the demands for change. “Poland was one big prison” says singer Tomek Lipiński, from Tilt and Brygada Kryzys (Crisis Brigade), and rock's expressions of individual freedom were interpreted as calls for political freedom by both youngsters and by the state. Musical trends meld into political; Jarocin, the Eastern block's only outdoor rock festival, started just before Solidarity took over the Gdansk shipyards. Under martial law in the 1980s, restrictions became more absurd. Lech Wałensa's Nobel peace prize led to a ban on all Norwegian music; did Abba, with one Norwegian singer, count? Including rare footage, some of it from the secret police, this is a fascinating study of the power of rock and roll.

“Beats of Freedom has the kind of energy, absurdity and optimism that can only come out of a story about the rock scene under socialist censorship.” Karlovy Vary IFF – 2010


Little Bride
6 November, 6.30pm
Showroom 3
7 November, 5.15.pm
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Dir. Lesław Dobrucki
Producer: Katarzyna Ślesicka

Poland/ 2010/ 14 min/ Digi Beta PAL/ Turkish


Forced into an arranged marriage at the age of 14, a Turkish woman movingly tells of her escape from an abusive husband. Now in hiding she knows she will probably never see her family again. Hypnotic and touching she speaks with amazing strength about her determination to wrestle back a degree of freedom.


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