Strike (2006 film)

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Directed by Volker Schlöndorff
Produced by Jürgen Haase
Written by Sylke Rene Meyer
Andreas Pflüger
Starring Katharina Thalbach
Andrzej Chyra
Dominique Horwitz
Distributed by Provobis Film/Berlin
Release dates
September 11, 2006 (Toronto Film Festival)
February 19, 2007 (Germany)
February 23, 2007 (Poland)
Running time
111 minutes
Country Poland
Language Polish

Strike is a Polish language film produced by a mainly German group, released in 2006 and directed by Volker Schlöndorff. The film is broadly a docudrama. It covers the formation of Solidarity. The action centers around work and labor organizing in the Lenin Shipyard in Gdańsk, Poland.

The film follows the life of Agnieszka Kowalska (Katharina Thalbach) in about three segments covering first her life as a dedicated worker in communist Poland of the early Sixties (DVD chapters 1-4), then following events leading to the Polish 1970 protests (chapters 5-10), and finally the early Eighties including the dedication of the Monument to the Fallen Shipyard Workers of 1970, the Gdańsk Agreement, and Martial law in Poland (chapters 11-15).

The character of Agnieszka is loosely based on at least two women, the crane operator Anna Walentynowicz and the diminutive shipyard nurse Alina Pienkowska with invented or distorted facts.[1][2][3][4]

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  1. ^ Hearing discontent of the workers after Lech Wałęsa ended strike after demands were met, Pienkowska grabbed Walentynowicz by the arm and announced solidarity strike in sympathy with other striking establishments, and they together managed to close the shipyard gates to keep workers inside and stop Wałęsa from leaving the shipyard. Pienkowska called Jacek Kuroń in Warsaw to announce the strike.
  2. ^ Walentynowicz, Anna (2012). Solidarność - eine persönliche Geschichte (in German). V&R unipress. ISBN 978-3-89971-980-2. 
  3. ^ Karnowski, Michał (2007-10-12). "Anna Walentynowicz wciąż walczy" [Anna Walentynowicz still fights]. Dziennik (in Polish). Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Żyszkiewicz, Waldemar (9 March 2007). "Strajk. Makatka z Gdańska". Tygodnik Solidarność (in Polish) (10). Retrieved 28 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation. Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award".