Tribute guest Jan Kidawa-Blonski joins festival moderator Robert Denerstein for a discussion about how Poland's right-wing Law and Justice Party, which came to power in 2015, has changed the working environment for Polish filmmakers like himself.
Law and Justice has taken what The Economist calls a “nativist lurch.” How has the government's movement toward staunch nationalism, aspects of which resemble developments here in the US, impacted filmmakers? Is freedom of expression under threat? What are the responsibilities of film artists when facing major changes in the political climate? Kidawa-Blonski's body of work suggests that he will bring considerable insight to these and related questions.