Jarocin - The Rise Of Freedom
Directed by Lech Gnoinski, Marek Gajczak / Poland 2015 / 109 min
The most important music event of the 1980s in Poland. A unique place, identified with freedom, escape from everyday life, from dullness and hopelessness. The place of rebelling and fighting for young people's identity. One of the most important culture-creating places on the map of Poland. Perceived as the nest of evil and debauchery by the older generation. However, from a time perspective it can be seen as the only “normal” place in the Polish sea of abnormality and socialist greyness.
The festival was changing people, opening them for new experiences, music, culture and art. It became a living legend of the Polish rock scene, a cult festival. It existed in the communist time in Poland – since the 1970s to the early 1990s. The street riots in the 1990s caused it to be temporarily cancelled. When it returned in 2005, already in the new Poland, it became one of many festivals, only exploiting its former popularity.