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Andrzej Wajda na planie filmu "Katyń", 2007, fot. INTERFOTO / Forum

Andrzej Wajda, the legendary Polish director passed away a year ago on 9th October 2016. Below we present one of his last interviews, where he discussed the release of his long-awaited film about the artist Władysław Strzemiński, his thoughts on why the audience is so important in filmmaking, and how decades in cinema didn’t quench his thirst for freedom.

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Cover of Erazm Ciołek's book Stop kontrola (Stop, Inspection), 1981, photo courtesy of Kraków Photomonth

This simple, inconspicuous book is a record of the seminal strike at the Gdańsk Shipyard and a photographic document of the era, published during the short period of liberalisation of the Communist regime that followed the signing of the 1980 Gdańsk Agreement.

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Selected spreads from Erazm Ciołek's book Stop, Inspection (Stop kontrola), photographs: Erazm Ciołek text: based on the Strike Information Bulletin Solidarność, Robotnik newspaper, and Information Bulletin, graphic design: unknown, publisher: The Publishing Committee of ISTU Solidarność Mazovia Region, Warsaw, year of publication: 1981

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Лех Валенса, лидер польского профсоюзного движения и будущий первый президент демократической Польши, произносит речь перед бастующими на судоверфи им. Ленина в Гданьске, 31 августа, 1980, фото: © Rue des Archives / AGIP / Forum

There are places, people, and artifacts that symbolize Poland better than anything else. Here's our subjective list of Polish symbols

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The European Solidarity Centre, photo: Grzegorz Mehring

On 31st August 2014, the 25th anniversary of the signing of the August Accords in Gdańsk, the European Solidarity Centre opened to the public.

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Chris Niedenthal, Warsaw, December 1981. First day of Martial Law. Kino Moskwa screens Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now", photo: press material

During 37 years of the Polish People's Republic, Poland was subjected to the USSR. The socialist food distribution system barely functioned, tanks rolled along the streets. But Poles managed to circumvent rules and restrictions. Chris Niedenthal's camera captured their attempts.

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Soon, the European Solidarity Centre will start welcoming its first guests. At its core it a permanent multimedia exhibition. It carries the story of the Solidarity and other opposition movements which gave the spark, that in no time, turned into a communist bashing roaring fire.

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Andrzej Wajda's Wałęsa. Man of Hope

The Czech public awarded Wajda’s Wałęsa. Man of Hope with a two-minute standing ovation at the 49th International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary. The film is one of the six Polish pictures included in the event’s programme.

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Pope John Paul II, of the Holy Catholic Church. Theologian, philosopher, preacher, poet, playwright (pen names: Andrzej Jawień, A.J., Stanisław Andrzej Gruda, Piotr Jasień). Born May 18th, 1920 in Wadowice, died April 2, 2005 at the Vatican.

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Still from the film Man of Iron picturing Krystyna Janda and Jerzy Radziwiłowicz, photo: National Film Archive / www.fototeka.fn.org.pl

Feature film from 1981 directed by Andrzej Wajda.

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Opening with a techno-thriller starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as astronauts adrift in space, the Venice Film Festival presents the world premiere of Andrzej Wajda's Lech Wałęsa. Man of Hope.

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