2 Mar 2016
Brussels, March 2 2016
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The Federation of European Film Directors has added its voice to that of the Polish Directors’ Guild in condemning the actions of Polish Television TVP in broadcasting a programme attacking Paweł Pawlikowski’s Oscar-winning film and European Parliament’s 2014 LUX Prize winner IDA. 

Last Thursday, February 25th, TVP showed IDA, but preceded the broadcast with a 12-minute program, titled “AROUND IDA” in which TVP and Polish Anti-Defamation League commentators claim that the story told in “IDA” attacks Poland’s reputation, is historically inaccurate and presents an overly negative picture of Polish people’s actions during the Nazi Occupation. The program also alleged that “IDA” would not have won its Oscar if it hadn’t presented events in Occupied Poland from the point of view of Jewish characters.

FERA fully supports the protest letter of the Polish Directors’ Guild, in which it states: “For the first time in the 25-year long history of free public media in Poland a film was accompanied by an ideological interpretation, which did not present the viewer with an analysis of the film’s subject or its artistic value, but instead it enforced ‘its one and only correct’ interpretation. Such actions show not only the lack of respect toward the creators but also the viewers, who lose the opportunity to interpret the film on their own. (…) It’s a violation of good conduct and a clear example of manipulative propaganda practices, which do not fit the standards of media in a democratic state.”

FERA Chair Dan Clifton commented, ‘As European film directors we are deeply concerned by current trends in Poland.   Not only is this a disgraceful and unwarranted attack on the integrity of Paweł Pawlikowski and his freedom of expression as IDA’s Director. It is also more evidence of a worrying trend towards inappropriate state interference in Poland’s media on behalf of the new government.  FERA stands alongside our colleagues in the Polish Directors’ Guild in utterly condemning this action.’

Contact : Pauline Durand-Vialle, CEO – pdv@filmdirectors.eu – +32 25 44 03 33