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Poland: Film festival cancelled over the content of two movies

29 March 2021
Image: Poster of film “The Vibrant Village” / HER Docs on Facebook

 

5 March 2021:  The Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage cancelled the online film festival Herstorie for Women’s Day organised by HER Docs allegedly because it contained a segment with movies The Vibrant Village and You Are Overreacting, reported Wprost.

The Vice Minister of Culture and National Heritage Jaroslaw Sellin from the ruling party PiS contacted the director of National Audiovisual Institute (FINA) Dariusz Wieromiejczyk on 3 March 2021. He demanded the cancellation  of the festival allegedly because of the two films from the programme of the festival. Wieromiejczyk was dismissed from his duties on 4 March 2021 after refusing to cancel the two films’ screenings.

According to Budapest Reporter, the Ministry rejected the claim that it was trying to censor the festival. 

The organisers of the festival, which was supposed to take place on FINA’s digital platform Ninateka, published a statement saying that the decision about cancelling the festival “for formal reasons” came as “a huge surprise for both us and the event coordinators in the Ninateka team.”

“Until today, we have not received any official explanation from our partners on the situation and details regarding ‘formal reasons’ that led to the event being removed from the platform,” HER Docs added in their statement.

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Posted by HER Docs on Monday, 8 March 2021

 

Herstorie for Women’s Day festival was displayed from 8 March to 12 March on the website of the Film Festival Pięć Smaków / Five Flavours Film Festival. 

The Vibrant Village tells the story of a factory producing sex toys in Hungary, and You Are Overreacting is a documentary about violence against women.

Freemuse documented 225 situations of film censorship in 2020, with 16% of them being censored because of the women themed content.  

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