The political unrest that took place in 1980 by the “Solidarity” movement created the possibility of a future dialog between the people and the ruling Communist Party. As usual, many students joined the “rebellion and protests” for the autonomy of the student body within Polish Universities and their own representation and sovereignty without the supervision of the Party.
The life story of Andrzej Kern – a Polish lawyer, anticommunist activist and politician. A documentary film about the price he had to pay for his principles. “Kern” is a documentary about the life of a staunch anticommunist and defence lawyer for political prisoners during the reign of communism in Poland. It depicts the plight of an ardent patriot striving for Poland’s full sovereignty and the restoration of spiritual values and high standards in public and political life. The film reveals the scheming of the post-communist elites to discredit Kern as a person and as a politician, thus depriving him of his good name and any real political influence. An ideological opponent of the new elites, refusing to compromise with their activity and therefore harmful to their interests, Kern became a target of their attacks and malicious treatment. His daughter was kidnapped and the media spread false accusations, which caused damage to his reputation and led to his political and, in a way, real death. In the eyes of his friends, Andrzej Kern was quite honest and very generally liked and was one of the most well-meaning fellows alive. ‘Kern’ is a portrait of a man of integrity, an excellent and successful defence lawyer, a fine political orator, sensitivite to social values and a proponent of good practice. Kern saw himself as a man of peace, dialogue and tolerance, yet always eager to fight for his Homeland, faith, dignity and good name. The fight he was in that was imposed on him.