Before dowsing himself in a flammable solvent, Siwiec had distributed protest leaflets, and held a banner saying “For our freedom and yours.” In the days that followed, any news on the incident was censored and the secret police spread rumours that the 57-year-old accountant was drunk and mentally unstable in an effort to discredit him.
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Armed militia confrontations with protestors led to the deaths of around 40 people, while over 1,000 people were injured.
Telling one year in the life of Jędrusik, the film looks at how the singer/actress struggled with expectations imposed on her by society, which director Katarzyna Klimkiewicz describes as “a universal topic and always up to date. Each of us has to face what is considered appropriate for sex, age, etc. Kalina was in the spotlight, adored and hated, she experienced these dilemmas in extreme form.”