Can a single person change the course of history? Hardly. Such legends are born at a later time. But a single person can be the catalyst for a powerful development. 

Agnieszka is a small woman. She was an orphan, is the mother of an illegitimate child, Catholic, a Socialist Workers hero, a welder and a crane operator in the Lenin Shipyards in Gdansk. Life hasn't been easy on her. Her husband died shortly after their marriage, her son distances himself from her. She works hard and diligently and expects the same from others, but particularly from party members. Quick-witted and with humour, she is able to forge her way past the fat cats and masters. Eventually they get at her and fire her on a false pretence. Showing their solidarity, her colleagues strike in order to force her reinstatement. Suddenly the whole shipyard is striking and then all Polish factories. Solidarnosc is born. 

A gripping historical drama directed by Academy Award-winner Volker Schlöndorff ("The Tin Drum").


Bayerischer Filmpreis - Bavarian Film Award (2007)
    won    Best Performance by an Actress (Katharina Thalbach)
    won    Best Cinematography (Andreas Höfer)