We're shooting a documentary that aims to portray atypical activists of the Black Protest in Poland. At the end of March we will travel to Warsaw to interview people on site. With the film we want to encourage the debate on the current situation of the Polish society, bring the topic closer to the viewer as well as raise awareness for womens' rights.
The Black Protest („czarny protest“) is a social movement that resulted from the debate about a new abortion law in spring 2016. In larger cities and smaller towns primarily young women gathered chanting slogans such as "This is my body" and "This is my uterus". The Polish parliament rejected the new bill for a total ban on abortion, but a new draft bill for the tightening of the abortion law is currently being debated in parliament.
The current law on the protection of unborn life of 1993 is one of the most restrictive ones in Europe. A termination of pregnancy is only possible if the life of the mother is endangered, the fetus is terminally ill or disabled or when the pregnancy resulted of a crime.
We are going to travel to Warsaw from the 13th until the 26th of March and on the 8th of March, the International Women's Day. We want to interview atypical participants of the protests: people whose opposition to the new law is at first glance unexpected because of their social background, especially their policial and religious attitudes.
- Why was the proposal of a new abortion law the moment they decided to become active?
- What drives these individuals?
- What are their personal motifs to engage in protests?
- Where do they position themselves within the debate on abortion?
- What is their understanding of the role of women in Polish society?
- How did their immediate environment react to their participation in the protests?
The documentary consists of long sequences in which the individuals have time to talk about their experiences and their motivations. We want to show these statements without any comment from us and let them speak for themselves.
Thank you for your support!
Anna, Friederike, Katharina, Rebekka, Jenny, Ana and Nadja
- we have already received funding for female promotion by the Institute for East European Studies in Berlin -