The Red Button tells the dramatic story of Stanislav Petrov, the Russian officer who, in 1983, saved the world from atomic war. On September 26, 1983, Stanislaw Petrov was in charge of monitoring American missiles that could potentially be sent to Russia. Shortly after midnight, Petrov noticed a five missiles on his screen and on a upper screen showed "Missile Attack". The future of the world was in the 44-year-old Russian officer's hands as he wrestled with the decision of whether or not to use Russia's atomic button.
Coming Out Polish Style
The film explores the issue of gay and lesbian rights in a conservative society which is undergoing a very dynamic transformation, successfully allowing for the rising number of liberal changes. The documentary focuses on the diverse and complex identity struggles involved in the "coming out" process. It profiles both celebrities who are openly gay in Poland, as well as young people from small towns who still haven't completely "came out". But the spirit of change is becoming more and more present in today's Poland. Coming Out Polish Style features several characters who share their intimate experiences when "coming out" as gays or lesbians, and of the dramas and joys resulting from becoming true to oneself and finding integrity in the world.
Anna Grodzka is currently the only transgender person in the world serving as member of government. She was recently labeled the most recognisable Polish politician since Lech Walesa. Our camera follows Anna as she confronts conservative voices both in the parliament and in the streets. We see her marching in the streets of Warsaw in support of pluralism and diversity and against nationalism and xenophobia. When the most extreme voices come to play, we witness Anna protesting actual neo-Nazi groups. The latter tend to appear wherever they can attack representatives of the LGBTQ movement and present the most notorious threat to equality activists in Poland. We also see Anna trying to reconcile her private life with the very intense life of a political activist and a one-of-a-kind celebrity. Strongly criticised by Polish Christian extremists, Anna is celebrated by the liberal media and intellectual circles. The film provides background narratives necessary to build a larger context for the poignant changes happening in contemporary Poland and for Anna’s particular story. Our camera goes behind the scenes, where we meet Anna’s 30 year-old son, who has supported her all along, but is obviously a little bewildered by the sudden popularity of his father. Anna Grodzka is considered one of the central figures in the fight for liberal changes in Poland and represents a new hope for diversity in a country with the reputation of being one of the most Catholic and homogenous European states. She is an inspiration for all minorities and underrepresented voices.
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