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A documentary film about Adam Michnik, one of the most interesting figures of Poland’s political life, the legend of the opposition, the creator of the Round Table Talks and Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza, an essayist and a person evoking extreme emotions of both affinity and aversion. This is the story of a charismatic leader who could change the course of events in Poland with his attitude as proven by the famous letter to General Kiszczak or a decision to disclose the Rywingate affair. This is a story of a man who has many followers as well as irreconcilable enemies.

The eminent Polish priest and philosopher Józef Tischner wrote about him in this way: “Adam is a challenge because he violates some kind of a code, some kind of habits.’

Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz, one of the most renown documentary filmmakers in Poland confront numerous archival materials featuring or related to Adam Michnik with the statements made by the witnesses of events. As a result, the main character will emerge from their stories. Everyone will be asked similar questions about how they met and about one distinct scene related to how they remembered Adam Michnik. They will all try to explain who is and who was Adam Michnik for contemporary Poles.

What is the phenomenon of Adam Michnik? The film is attempting to answer this question.

95 minutes/English subtitles

Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz

Born in 1954 in Cieplice Śląskie. She is a graduate of the Faculty of Radio and Television at the University of Silesia in Katowice (1982). A director of the feature film Kraj Swiata (1993) and almost 50 documentaries, among others: I Am a Man (1985), The Office (1986), The Bread Monger (1988), I Don’t Believe Politicians (1989), Bara, Bara (1996), Turn Me into a Long Snake (1997), A Night with the General (2001), Generation 89 (2002), Dziennik.pl (2004), The Professor. About Leszek Kołakowski. A winner of numerous festival awards, among others, in Paris, Gdańsk and Krakow.

Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz

Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz

Michal Stajniak

Grazyna Gradon

Agnieszka Traczewska
Largo Studio Filmowe


• Lubuskie Lato Filmowe Festival, 2015

• International Krakow Film Festival, 2015

• TVP 2 – Polish State TV Network, 2015