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The plan by Solidarność to save Poland


What road will we follow?
Jacek Kuroń Social activist
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[Q] To jest ostatnie pytanie. Powiedz mi Jacku jak... jak Ty widzisz tę... tę drogę, która nas czeka?

To coś w rodzaju dowcipu... ostatnie pytanie opowiedz o drodze. Panie... Panie Marcelu, ja już nic więcej niż powiedziałem, powiedzieć w tej sprawie nie mogę. Już wszystko co miałem do powiedzenia powiedziałem. Na tym kończymy.

[Q] Chodzi mi tylko o to czy...

Nie, nie, kończymy Marcel... kończymy.

[Q] Góra, dół. Czy Twoim zdaniem rzeczywiście teraz jakby, no po prostej idziemy, czy nie idziemy po prostej?

To są analogie geometryczne na których ja się nie znam.

[Q] Jacek, my last question. How do you see the way that lies ahead of us?

This is some kind of a joke asking me to talk about the way ahead as your last question. There's nothing more that I can add to what I've already said on this matter. I've said everything I had to say. Let's end here.

[Q] No, just this: do you believe...

No, no, let's end here, this is the end.

[Q] Top or bottom. In your opinion are we really, are we on the straight and narrow, are we following a straight line?

These are geometric analogues which I know nothing about.

The late Polish activist, Jacek Kuroń (1934-2004), had an influential but turbulent political career, helping transform the political landscape of Poland. He was expelled from the communist party, arrested and incarcerated. He was also instrumental in setting up the Workers' Defence Committee (KOR) and later became a Minister of Labour and Social Policy.

Listeners: Jacek Petrycki Marcel Łoziński

Cinematographer Jacek Petrycki was born in Poznań, Poland in 1948. He has worked extensively in Poland and throughout the world. His credits include, for Agniezka Holland, Provincial Actors (1979), Europe, Europe (1990), Shot in the Heart (2001) and Julie Walking Home (2002), for Krysztof Kieslowski numerous short films including Camera Buff (1980) and No End (1985). Other credits include Journey to the Sun (1998), directed by Jesim Ustaoglu, which won the Golden Camera 300 award at the International Film Camera Festival, Shooters (2000) and The Valley (1999), both directed by Dan Reed, Unforgiving (1993) and Betrayed (1995) by Clive Gordon both of which won the BAFTA for best factual photography. Jacek Petrycki is also a teacher and a filmmaker.

Film director Marcel Łoziński was born in Paris in 1940. He graduated from the Film Directing Department of the National School of Film, Television and Theatre in Łódź in 1971. In 1994, he was nominated for an American Academy Award and a European Film Academy Award for the documentary, 89 mm from Europe. Since 1995, he has been a member of the American Academy of Motion Picture Art and Science awarding Oscars. He lectured at the FEMIS film school and the School of Polish Culture of Warsaw University. He ran documentary film workshops in Marseilles. Marcel Łoziński currently lectures at Andrzej Wajda’s Master School for Film Directors. He also runs the Dragon Forum, a European documentary film workshop.

Tags: geometric analogues

Duration: 40 seconds

Date story recorded: 1987

Date story went live: 12 June 2008