The screening was followed by a panel discussion about the issues raised by the film.
The panel included Ambassador Rolf Ekéus, Willy Silberstein from the Swedish Committee against anti-Semitism, Per Gudmundson from the newspaper Svenska Dagbladet and Johan Sjöö from the Swedish Security Service.
A short film partly based on Joanna Helander´s photos of Polish writers including Wislawa Szymborska, Czeslaw Milosz, Ryszard Krynicki, Stanislaw Baranczak, Ewa Kuryluk and others.First public screening on Znak´s (Polish publishing house) 50th anniversary celebrated in Warszawa in 2010.
“Kobieta” (“Women”) is a film in progress. In 1978 Joanna Helander published a book/photo album with the same title in Sweden. More than 30 years later she revisits some of the same women in preparation for a new Polish version of the book. Due to censorship in Poland in the past, the book could not be published at the time she made the Swedish version. Now Joanna Helander will embark on a film about these women in Poland. What has changed for these women after the democratic revolution.
A film, intended for an international audience, inspired by the art and writings of the artist Zbylut Grzywacz from Kraków. The film will depict the circle of underground and independent artists and writers in Poland. Joanna Helander, having lived in Kraków, was a friend of many of them and has a uniquely personal approach to the people and the time. We will explore the impact the artist had on the monumental changes in Poland and the life of the artist after the democratic revolution. Filmmaker Andrzej Wajda is also part of the film both as great artist and commenting on the creative lives of his contemporaries. A special focus of the film will be the women connected to Zbylut Grzywacz, both their views of the artist and his outlook on women, sex, art, and life.