Zbigniew Bujak & Mustafa Dzhemilev. Discussion on Molodist. Prologue
On 21 October at 1 p.m. there was a screening of the film "Man of Iron", which has become a film-opening of the program "Freedom: Cinema for Social Change". After screening of the film there was a discussion, in which Zbigniew Bujak, a Polish politician and one of the leaders of the Solidarity movement, and Mustafa Dzhemilev, Commissioner of the President of Ukraine for the Affairs of Crimean Tatars.
The action of the film takes place in the early 80's in communist Poland, which was struck by the strike movement. Mustafa Dzhemilev shared his own impressions of the film: "It was impossible to realise that this film was released in the USSR. The Polish "Solidarity" brought its ideas not only to Poland, but to Ukraine as well, and we felt it in those times."
The director of the film - Andrzej Wajda was also mentioned. Zbigniew Bujak said about him: "He's an an intellectual who realized that there were different roles in society and he played this role of an intellectual who looks at the lives of different people and depicts it in films."
During the Maidan and the Crimean occupation, Zbigniew Bujak together with other Polish leaders, created the Solidarity Committee with Ukraine. However, the question about the cause of the apparent difference in the development of Ukraine and Poland answered as follows: "In Poland, there was a team organised to work on reforms in each field of the country. And in Ukraine, after the revolution the leaders have not set up such an agreement on reforms in each industry, have not set the goals and objectives that they want to have at the end." In his turn, Mustafa Dzhemilev emphasised that the communist regime in Poland could not tear people away from the church, unlike Ukraine, which also affected the further development of the states.