An Ordinary March

Director: Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz

written & directed by Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz director of photography Andrzej Adamczak edited by Grażyna Gradoń, Polish Association of Film Editors (PSM) sound by Michał Dominowski co-operation Wiesława Gościk, Sebastian Kaliński production manager Krystyna Świeca produced by Studio Filmowe Largo, ul. Szwedzka 74/4, 30-315 Kraków, tel. +48 12 269 41 63, e-mail: largo@studiolargo.com.pl, www.studiolargo.com.pl; TVP producers Agnieszka Traczewska (SF Largo), Jerzy Jakutowicz (TVP)

colour, 57′
Poland 2008

 

On 30 January 1968, the play “Dziady” by Kazimierz Dejmek was taken off the playbill of Warsaw National Theatre. The decision of the authorities triggered violent student protests. A spontaneous rally next to the Adam Mickiewicz monument was brutally dispersed by police. At the same time a conflict erupted in the Middle East.. In the People’s Republic of Poland, a drive began against Zionists and “revisionists”.

The author investigates why this hateful action was supported by a huge part of society and what drove those who were against it. Old film chronicles are accompanied by commentary from Adam Michnik.

Translated by Monika Miziniak | Edited by Patricia Koza