ART OF FREEDOM
Poland, 70 minutes, 2012
Directed by Marek Kłosowicz & Wojtek Słota
Tuesday February 12th, 7:30pm
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How is it possible that in the People's Republic Poland of the 1970s and 80s, at the very height of socialism, Polish mountain climbers were among the best in the world? How could the citizens of a nation in which the average pay was 20 dollars a month afford to organize climbing expeditions in the Himalayas? In what way did privatisation across every aspect of life influence their condition and morale? What distinguished climbers in Poland from those from the other side of the ‘iron curtain’?
Art of Freedom answers the most poignant questions on the phenomenon of Polish mountain climbing. Poles reigned on the peaks of the world’s highest mountains for over 20 years. They not only blazed new trails, but also established new rules of comportment. They stood out of the crowd with their original style of climbing, endurance, conscientiousness about the overall well-being of the team - and solidarity.
Director, Wojtek Słota
Director of "Beats of Freedom" (2010) and "Art of Freedom" (2011), as well as "A Thousand Years Vs. the Millenium" (2006), "Piast Highlanders" (2006) and the documentary series "History of Polish Rock" (2008).
In the first half of the '90s Słota was active on the rock music scene, organising concerts, festivals and co-founding the Cyberstudio recording studio. He managed bands like Myslovitz and Nowy Horyzont. Between 1997-2000 he studied at the Lodz Film School in the television production department.
He's worked as an editor on feature film projects, documentaries and news reports.
Director, Marek Kłosowicz
Direcctor of "Art of Freedom". Graduate of the Lodz Film School. Associated with the TVN film and television studio as of 2000.
Klosowicz has taken part in a number of trekking expeditions to Asia and Africa. He set up and led the Koszalin Polytechnic's Nepal '97 Trek and Kilimanjaro '98 Trek, as well as the Elbrus '99 Trek from Lodz and the "Aktivist Goes to the Top" televised expedition.