Fathom Polish history through music

first_imgWalking down three decades of Polish reactionary music set in the era of communism, a collaboration between the Polish Institute and India Habitat Centre brings you an  documentary Beats of Freedom (Zew Wolnosci) in the Capital. Directed by Leszek Gnoinski and Wojciech Slota, it  is slated for a screening in Gulmohar Hall on 21 July. This 72 minutes long documentary is a story about Polish rock music and independence.The Iron Curtain was not as impermeable as it may have seemed; western music was available in Poland; and sometimes even big stars visited the country, the outstanding example being Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Rolling Stones’ visit in April 1967. Those two legendary concerts had a huge impact on Polish rock music. Both took place in Warsaw’s Congress Hall, located in The Palace of Culture and Science – a gift from the Soviet Union to the people of Poland. Paradoxically, this hated symbol of communist power became an important testimony to the history of Polish rock’n’roll.The film’s narration makes it an interesting and entertaining documentary. Chris Salewicz meets Tomek Lipinski (lead singer of the bands Tilt and Brygada Kryzys), Piotr Naglowski (manager and journalist), and Mirek Makowski (photographer and historian). Their stories are not only about the meaning of their music, but also about Polish life under the communist regime. Sometimes those stories are heart breaking, and sometimes they tell of undying hope. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixBeats of Freedom is a part of the documentary series Guide to the Poles. Produced by the Adam Mickiewicz institute and directed by some of Poland’s brightest directorial talents, the series was created in 2011 as a flagship project of the Polish Presidency of the EU Council.Narrated by well-known British writer and journalist, Chris Salewicz, this documentary film has  unique footage  from the time as well as archives of Polish history under communism  which give it a unique vibe and take viewers through a remarkable cinematic journey through the roots of the contemporary phenomenon of freedom and creativity in Poland. Head over and witness the cinematic experience.last_img

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