“World in Solidarity: From Polish Solidarność to the Arab Spring” screens at MAPAC on May 25

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on May 22, 2011

World in Solidarity poster

The nonprofit Rebuilding Alliance, an organization involved with village-centered building and peacemaking, is screening the film World in Solidarity: From Polish Solidarność to the Arab Spring on Wednesday, May 25 at 7:00 pm at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center.

“When the Egyptian people went to the main square in Cairo to stand together to force a change in their government and society, some of us thought, ‘We have seen this before — in Poland in 1980,’” says Donna
Baranski-Walker, executive director of Rebuilding Alliance. “Poland’s outcome was democracy, economic development, and a prominent voice in European affairs — but it would take time. The nonviolent strategies and the persistence of the working men and women of Poland defeated police-state tactics and brought an end to the Cold War division of Europe.”

After the film, Baranski-Walker will engage Polish documentary filmmaker Jolanta Kessler Chojecka in a discussion with San Francisco State University media professor Dr. Dina Ibrahim, a native of Egypt. They will explore current events with footage from the ongoing Egyptian freedom spring.

The film and lecture is open to the public: tickets, available online, are $10 per person, $5 students. The event is sponsored by two Menlo Park businesses, Flegel’s Fine Furniture and Bona Polish Restaurant.

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