It's the year 1981 in Poland - the Solidarity movement is on the rise, and citizens are willing to openly criticize the Communist regime in ways they had never done before. Janek (Mateusz Kościukiewicz), the teenage son of a navy captain, forms ATIL (All That I Love), a punk-rock band whose songs express a frustration with socialism and a desire for freedom, echoing the sentiments of the Solidarity movement. At the same time, Janek falls in love with Basia (Olga Frycz), a young woman whose father is part of the movement and who disapproves of Janek’s military family. When growing social turmoil leads to martial law, Janek’s relationships and ATIL’s music have serious consequences for his family members, lovers, and friends.
Presented in cooperation with the National Film Archive and the Audiovisual Institute (FINA)
Follows four friends in their quest to form a punk band. As workers protests sweep across the country, Janek and Staszek, the sons of a navy man, the rebellious Kazik, and the affluent Diabel gel as a band, but their disparate lives are touched by social turmoil and outside perceptions.
Our guest speakers, Sean Keeley and Eva Baker, hosted by Urszula Horoszko, head of the public and cultural diplomacy section at the Embassy of Poland in Washington, D.C., discuss the creation of the series and share their insights on the showcase's featured films.
"Little Rose" introduction by Robert Wieckiewicz
Andrzej Seweryn invitation to STORIES FROM BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN event