A movie distribution company has revived the old practice of outdoor movies with touring cinema in Poland, and is taking the new film about Solidarity priest Father Popieluszko out on the road.
More than fifty localities in all regions of Poland are on the itinerary of the touring cinema which hits the road with "Popieluszko, Freedom is Within Us", a feature film on the life, pastoral work and the murder of the Solidarity priest, Father Jerzy Popieluszko, which premiered this month.
The first Outdoor Cinema screening is in a school in ZД…bki near Warsaw, which was Father Popieluszko's first parish, in 1972-75. The tour is organized by Outdoor Cinema, a Polish company which draws on the tradition of touring cinemas of the 1970s and 80s in this country. Its president, Adam Adamski, told the Polish Press Agency that at a time when many small cinemas are being closed, the inhabitants of the regions with no multiplexes have virtually no chance to see the latest productions. Outdoor movies, and touring cinema, is an ideal solution to this problem.
Polish Television is the media sponsor of the outdoor film project, with extensive publicity on its information channel TVP Info.
"Popieluszko, Freedom is Within Us" goes on general release in Polish cinemas on Saturday, 27 February. It is one of the most eagerly awaited Polish movies of the last two decades. A full-length feature film debut by director RafaЕ‚ WieczyЕ„ski, it took seven months to make and involved almost seven thousand extras in the scenes of the priest's funeral and of Solidarity demonstrations.