SPECIAL MENTION FOR “1970”
The documentary by Tomasz Wolski was noticed by the jury of Festival Film Dokumenter in Indonesia.
Festival Film Dokumenter, also known as FFD Yogyakarta, is the first documentary film festival in South-East Asia. Wanting to expose viewers to such films, every year its organisers invite the most significant international productions to the program.
This year Tomasz Wolski's film has been invited. 1970 received a special mention.
In 1970, a series of high-profile protests breaks out in communist Poland. Workers are going on strike against price increases. More and more protesters flood the streets. Things are getting tense. Meanwhile, a crisis team is being formed in the capital.
Through animated sequences combined with archival recordings of phone conversations, we get to peek behind the closed doors of dignitaries' offices. Hundreds of cigarettes are smoked. Phones are ringing incessantly. Strategies to break up protesters and dole out future repression are being planned. Propaganda activities are being devised. The protests, however, are getting out of control. We see the decision-makers' fear, confusion, and brutality. Police batons are being put to use in the streets. Shots are fired. People get killed. 1970 is a story of rebellion told from the oppressors' point of view.
You can read more about the festival here.