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Debate: Protest Movements – Radical or Banal, following the screening of the film “Everyday Rebellion”

MAY 16
In Polish and English.
Free entry. Priority for holders of tickets for the screening preceding the event.

In recent years, press agencies and social media have frequently informed about social protests. Some of them have transformed into larger social movements that will enter the history books, like “indignados” or “occupy”. Many of the protests are known only by a small group of most interested or concerned people. And although the digital communication plays a constantly more important role in our lives, people still go out into the streets to voice their arguments. What is then the common denominator for the Spaniards from Plaza del Sol, Egyptians form the Tahrir Square or the demonstrating Ukrainians at the Maidan Square? Do the protests aim at overthrowing the dictators as it was the case during the Arab Spring? Or is it a fight against the financial market (Occupy) or the fuel corporation (Occupy Chevron)? What are the differences between a protest, disobedience and a revolution? Are there any universal recipes for a success? The louder, the better? What are the standards that the Poles tend to apply? Will the need and necessity to “go out into the street” survive in the digital era?


Arash T. Riahi – director of “Everyday Rebellion”, Iran
Ahmed Zaino – protagonist of “Everyday Rebellion”, Syria
Mariya Ivancheva – sociologist and anthropologist, member of the collective of Social Center Xaspel and New Left Perspectives, Bulgaria
Barbara Siegieńczuk – activist Occupy Chevron Żurawlów, Poland


Agata Urbanik – Pole Dialogu Foundation