Filmmakers Boycott Polish TV
April 9, 2009
The appointment of a one-time Fascist has the Polish film community in a stir.
Polish filmmakers, including Andrzej Wajda (Man of Marble) and Agnieszka Holland (Europa, Europa), are up in arms over the appointment of Piotr Farfal as the head of Poland’s public broadcasting system. The problem is the candidate’s dodgy past. According to Variety, “Farfal, who had been deputy chairman of TVP for the previous 18 months––a political appointment made by Poland's earlier right-wing administration––has admitted that as a teenager he edited skinhead magazine Front. The magazine was known for its anti-Semitic stance.” Now that Farfal heads TVP, filmmakers issued an open letter to the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza asking the film community to boycott the station. That means that many of the best Polish film projects, which would have been made with money from TVP, will now go elsewhere. For director Holland, the boycott is absolutely necessary: "What has been happening in TVP is a scandal and -- one could say -- a sort of a crime committed on national culture."