Beats of Freedom

Date: 
February 17, 2010 - 19:30 - 20:45
Building: 
Nador u. 9, Faculty Tower
Room: 
Auditorium
Event type: 
Event audience: 
CEU host unit(s): 
Center for Arts and Culture (CAC)
Beats of Freedom

Beats of Freedom: Or How to Overthrow a Totalitarian Regime with a Home-Made Amplifier

Beats of Freedom is a story about Polish rock music and independence. Narrated by British writer and journalist Chris Salewicz. This documentary film is a journey throughout three decades of Polish rock.

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 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 the music but also about Polish life under the communist regime.

Film coproduced by: Adam Mickiewicz Institute
Written and directed by: Leszek Gnoinski and Wojciech Slota
Produced by: Pawel Potoroczyn, Edward Miszczak
Executive producer: Judyta Fibiger