26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Citizen – Enemy to the State

Interview on the situation in Poland


Poland is an example of how quickly and effectively democratic institutions and freedoms can be curtailed. The ban on abortions and state interference in women's privacy has caused intense civil unrest throughout the country. A powerful civic movement has formed, raising the question – whether and with what tools can a liberal order be restored in the state to promote the rights and freedoms of the widest range of citizens?




Marta Lempart

Polish women’s rights activist. In 2016, she was involved in the creation of the National Women’s Strike (Ogólnopolski Strajk Kobiet) movement, which became one of the main actors in the Polish anti-government protests that erupted in October 2020 following the Constitutional Court’s decision on the abortion law. Among other things, the movement seeks greater rights for women and LGBT+ people, independence of the courts, freedom of speech and assembly, and access to better healthcare.


Moderated by


Katarzyna Byrtek

Freshly appointed editor-in-chief of Heroine.pl, she previously worked as a translator and author of tourist guides. She is one of the founders of the activist collective Ciocia Czesia.


In cooperation with Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom a Heroine magazine.

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