Beats of Freedom
Beats of Freedom

Beats of Freedom

Director Wojciech Słota, Leszek Gnoiński

Production year 2010

Length 78min.

Country Poland

SYNOPSIS

How can rock music change a political system? Can rock music revive personal freedoms in a totalitarian nation? How can censorship impact the quality of rock lyrics and its sound? Spurred on by the phenomenon of European culture of the '80s, alternative rock music in Poland spins out of control and explodes with a force unseen anywhere else in the socialist bloc. Rock builds its own independent world, which the authorities and censorship cannot control. Music manifests itself against all major currents - the ideology of the communist party, the Catholic Church and the older generation. Narrated by Chris Salewicz, a British journalist of Polish heritage, Beats of Freedom captures this remarkable time in Poland.

 

CAST & CREW

Wojciech Słota
Wojciech Słota

Director

Producer

Paweł Potoroczyn, Edward Miszczak

Script

Wojciech Słota, Leszek Gnoiński

Director of Photography

Dariusz Szymura, Piotr Trela

Sound

Marcin Dziuba, Piotr Fede

Edit

Wojciech Słota

Cast

Chris Salewicz, Tomek Lipiński, Mirek Makowski, Piotr Nagłowski, Robert Maksymilian Brylewski, Walter Chelstowski, Krzysztof Cugowski

Production company

Adam Mickiewicz Institute TVN

Wojciech Słota

Director, screenwriter, editor. In the first half of the 90s, he dealt with rock music, organized concerts and festivals. Together with friends, he set up the cyberstudio recording studio. He was the manager of the bands Myslovitz and Nowy Horyzont. In 1997-2000, he studied television creation and production at the Polish National Film, Television and Theater School. He is the author of some films, documentary TV series, works as an editor of feature and documentary films, as well as feature programmes.


Filmography

Beats of Freedom (2010, doc., co-dir.: L. Gnoiński).


Leszek Gnoiński
Leszek Gnoiński

Director

Leszek Gnoiński

Director, screenwriter, music journalist. Among the musical books that he wrote are: Report on Acid Drinkers (1996), the bestseller The Cult of Kazik (2000), Myslovitz. Life is Surfing (2009). Together with Jan Skaradziński he wrote the The Encyclopaedia of Polish Rock, which has had four editions so far (first edition in 1996). Together with Wojciech Słota he produced a six-episode TV series titled The History of Polish Rock (2008) for the Discovery channel. He wrote, among others, for newspapers Dziennik, Super Express, magazines Machina, Tylko Rock, Muza, www.cgm.pl portal and Dziennik Polski. During this time he conducted hundreds of interviews with nearly all of the most important Polish musicians.


Filmography

Beats of Freedom (2010, doc., co-dir.:W. Słota).

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