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Polish consul to speak at Sept. 18 screening of ‘Walesa: Man of Hope’

A film profiling the life and legacy of Lech Walesa will screen at Chapman University Thursday, Sept. 18.

A critically-acclaimed film profiling the life and legacy of Lech Walesa, the shipyard worker who rose to become president of Poland, will be screened at Chapman University on Thursday, Sept. 18, in Beckman Hall 404 as part of an event celebrating the 25th anniversary of Polish democracy.

Wałesa: Man of Hope, directed by Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda, will be screened as part of The 25th Anniversary of Free Poland evening hosted by the Center for Global Education. An appetizer reception will begin at 6 p.m., followed by opening remarks from Mariusz Brymora, consul general of the Republic of Poland, and Małgorzata Cup, consul of Culture, Science, Education and Polish Community. The film will screen at 7 p.m.

The 2013 film earned rave reviews upon its release. The Guardian called it “a full-tilt biopic,” and The Hollywood Reporter praised Robert Wieckiewicz’s portrayal of Walesa as “nothing short of extraordinary.”

This event is free to the Chapman community. For more information, contact


Dawn Bonker

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