- Opened June 15, 2007
- 1 hr 44 min
Agnieszka (Katharina Thalbach) is a shipyard welder and crane operator who is a loyal and dedicated worker. Taunted by her peers for being such a paragon of virtue, she nonetheless advocates tirelessly for workers’ rights and is a thorn in the side of her Communist Party bosses. Her radical politicization begins when she witnesses many of her fellow workers die in an industrial accident. When their widows are denied pensions, she really begins to confront her superiors about the many inequities of working in the shipyard. Then, when she is fired after 20 years of uncompromised service to the company, her fellow workers show their solidarity and strike in order to force her reinstatement. Suddenly the whole shipyard is striking and as a groundswell of outrage and support builds nationwide, all Polish factories soon have a work stoppage. “Solidarnosc” (Solidarity) is born.
In Polish with English subtitles. Full synopsis
- Cast: Katharina Thalbach, Dominique Horwitz, Andrzej Chyra, Andrzej Grabowski, Wojciech Solarz, Ewa Telega
- Director: Volker Schlöndorff
- Genres: Art House/Foreign, Drama