“Balcerowicz. All or Nothing.” is a documentary film directed by Andrzej Fidyk and Anna Więckowska. The film was prepared for the 20th anniversary of the economic changes in Poland. It shows what price politicians had to pay for their revolutionary ideas and risky decisions. It is a film about challenges, which Poland had to face after 1989 and about people in those days, who had to redefine their value system, develop new socio-cultural skills and create new, global criteria of their identity. Professor Leszek Balcerowicz is the main character of the film. He is a well-respected economist and co-author of the Poland’s economic “shock-therapy”. Balcerowicz still raises controversy, but nobody declines that he was extremely brave, when he decided to enable an evolutionary social and economic transformation in Poland. The film shows not only the politic dimension of the transformation but also his private life and his own struggle with time, stress and being a target for many political attacks. “Balcerowicz. All or Nothing.” also presents the various statements of Daniel Fried – former U.S. Ambassador to Poland and Special Assistant to President George W. Bush, Jerzy Koźmiński – Polish Ambassador to Washington from 1994 to 2000, Robert Zoellick – President of the World Bank or Zbigniew Brzeziński – President’s Carter National Security Advisor. The film was created by the outstanding documentary filmmakers: Andrzej Fidyk – laureate of many prestigious awards, nominated for Emmy Award and Anna Więckowska – prize-winning director and journalist. “Balcerowicz. All or Nothing.” was produced by Scorpio Studio in co-production with HBO Central Europe. The film was co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. The film was produced with the support of the Enea. *** Scorpio Studio is a film and TV production company founded by Sylwia Wilkos, Roman Gutek and Klaudiusz Frydrych. The company cooperates with distinguished authors and professional filmmakers both
The Real End of the Cold War
On 12 March 1999 Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof. Bronisław Geremek, handed to the United States Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, the act of Poland’s accession to NATO. The efforts made by Polish politicians and diplomats of various political stands date back to the beginning of the 90s – the collapse of the Warsaw Pact structure and the time of Lech Wałęsa’s presidency. Accession to NATO was the main objective of Polish diplomacy. In Śladkowski’s film, the inside story concerning the efforts made by Poland to be accepted as a NATO member is revealed by former Polish Presidents, Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Polish diplomats working at the Polish Embassy in the USA. There are also some voices from Russian and American side. Zbigniew Brzeziński recollects the case of Colonel Kukliński as one of the key issues during the negotiations. Partnership for Peace program is also commented upon by Lech Wałęsa in rather bleak terms.