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Polish political hero Lech Walesa honored in new film

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 01:32

Aug. 21 - Polish director, Andrzej Wajda talks about his new film which is based on anti-Communist icon Lech Walesa. Tara Cleary reports.

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NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL THAT WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 Veteran Polish director Andrzej Wajda is bringing an inspiring political tale to the silver screen. "Walesa. Man of Hope" is about shipyard worker-turned-national-hero, Lech Walesa, who emerged as the leader of the Solidarity trade union movement in Poland in the 1980s. The group took on the Communist regime and won. Eighty-seven-year-old Wajda says he felt it was his duty to tell Walesa's story. SOUNDBITE: Andrzej Wajda, film director, saying (Polish): "In my opinion, at the moment in Poland, we need a movie showing a person who emerged from laborers. It is really beautiful that he wasn't a politician or someone primed to take control. He was not at ease publicly but he represents the most oppressed social group - workers." Following democracy in Poland, Walesa's reputation waned. He was accused of being a Communist informer - something the former president has always denied. Wajda says the goal of his film was to re-focus attention on the highlights of Walesa's career. SOUNDBITE: Andrzej Wajda, film director, saying (Polish): "This is my movie. And he (Walesa) trusted me from the beginning. He said, 'I trust you, let's make a movie.' And I have tried not to let him down, and I can say that I have not disappointed him." "Walesa. Man of Hope" will premiere at the 2013 Venice Film Festival.

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Polish political hero Lech Walesa honored in new film

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 - 01:32