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Judges Under Pressure

Documentary 1h 27m 2021

UK Premiere

Ticket purchase includes exclusive access to pre-recorded film talk with filmmaker Kacper Lisowski, producer Iwona Harris, film participants Sylwia Gregorczyk-Abram and Igor Tuleya, and Lydia Gall, Senior Researcher, Eastern Europe and Western Balkans. Moderated by Dr. Marcin Cieminski, Partner and Advocate, Clifford Chance

Democracy in Poland is hanging by a fragile thread. Facing arrest and fines if they issue rulings that are not to the government’s liking, judges join their fellow citizens and take to the streets. Since regaining power in 2015, the ruling right-wing Law and Justice party (PiS) has portrayed judges as elitist and incompetent at best, and as dissidents at worst. Judges Under Pressure follows Judge Igor Tuleya, the face of the protest movement, as he works inside and outside the courtroom with his fellow judges—risking their freedom to defend the rights of citizens. With a soundtrack featuring Polish independent artists that expresses the urgency and far-reaching impact of the situation at every level of society—the film culminates in the biggest protest in Polish history, with both Polish citizens and lawmakers from across Europe taking a stand to keep Polish democracy from slipping towards authoritarianism.

“These are beautiful people—the judges, but also the citizens, who refuse to back down. They don’t always have a camera in their hands; sometimes it’s just a piece of paper. This is a film for them.” —Kacper Lisowski, Director, Judges Under Pressure

Judges Under Pressure is in Polish and fully subtitled in English.

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Director

Kacper Lisowski

Producer

Iwona Harris

Language

Polish

Subtitles

English

Bonus Content

'Judges Under Pressure' Q&A

51m

Discussion with filmmaker Kacper Lisowski, producer Iwona Harris, film participants Sylwia Gregorczyk-Abram and Igor Tuleya, and Lydia Gall, Senior Researcher, Eastern Europe and Western Balkans. Moderated by Dr. Marcin Cieminski, Partner and Advocate, Clifford Chance