Lech Walesa, a Portrait
Running Time: 55 minutes
Language: Polish with English subtitles
Cast: Lech Walesa
Director: Andrzej Fidyk
Lech Wałęsa, is a labor activist who helped form and led (1980–90) communist Poland’s first independent trade union, Solidarity. The charismatic leader of millions of Polish workers, he went on to become the president of Poland (1990–95). He received the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1983.
While working at the Lenin Shipyard (now Gdańsk Shipyard), Wałęsa, an electrician, became a trade-union activist, for which he was persecuted by the Communist authorities, placed under surveillance, fired in 1976, and arrested several times.
Since the fall of Communism in Poland, there have been allegations that Wałęsa had collaborated with the earlier communist secret police.