Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
This is the second and more realistic of two films made by Kazimierz Kutz and set in the Silesian coal mines -- the other being Salt of the Earth. Poland was just reforming itself as an independent nation in the 1920s. At the same time, Polish Germans ran the coal mines in Silesia. When the owners made plans to close the coal mines, the miners rose up in revolt, occupying the mines to keep them from being flooded. Their uprising led to Silesia becoming part of the new Poland. This Polish-language film tells the story of the uprising -- which is analogous to the recently re-occupied Poland of the early '70s.
coal-miner, labor-issues, labor-relations, mine-shaft, Poland, uprising