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Strike (Strajk – Die Heldin von Danzig) [2006]

07 May

104m; Poland/Germany

Director: Volker Schlöndorff

Cast: Katharina Thalbach, Andrzej Chyra and Dominique Horwitz

Synopsis: Shows the beginnings of Poland’s Solidarity movement through the little-known figure of Anna Walentynowicz. The latest film from the director of The Tin Drum tells the true story of an ordinary woman who helped spark a revolution in Poland. Shipyard welder Agnieszka (Katharina Thalbach), concerned about dangerous working conditions, speaks up to no avail. After an accident kills several employees and their families are denied pension benefits, she steps up her activities, becoming a union leader and powerful adviser to Lech Walesa, laying the foundation for the Solidarity movement.

Contact: http://www.e.bell.ca/filmfest/2006/home/default.asp

 

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