Poland: Film demonizing Polish border guards becomes major source of debate ahead of October elections

By Grzegorz Adamczyk
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Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki slammed Agnieszka Holland’s film “Green Border” because it “defames Polish border guards.” Morawiecki warned that the way elites were defending the film about the Polish-Belarusian border was a foretaste of the dangers facing Poland should the liberals return to office after the October elections.

Morawiecki noted that two years ago, Alexander Lukashenko began his hybrid attack on Poland by bussing migrants to attempt border crossings into Poland. The aim was to destabilize Poland. 

“The aim of this attack was to destabilize, cause chaos, and ridicule the Republic of Poland. Through our territory, hordes, tens of thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants were looking to pass, whom Lukashenko and Putin chose as a weapon against the Poles, against Poland,” said the head of the Polish government.

The Polish government reacted and, “despite opposition from the liberals led by Donald Tusk,” built a wall on the border with Belarus. This showed that the liberals did not want to stop illegal migration into Poland, said Morawiecki. 

Turning to the controversial film, “Green Border,” directed by Agnieszka Holland, Morawiecki said the film was propagandist in nature and is meant to campaign for removing the border wall. He added that the way Polish border guards and soldiers were defamed by the film must be condemned. 

He said he believes that the fawning attitude of the liberal elites to the film is a foretaste of the “red carpet“ treatment that would be offered to illegal migrants should the liberals come to power. 

The Polish opposition’s plan to “let illegal immigrants in is the realization of what we managed to defend Poland against, because not everyone wants to defend Poland from illegal immigration,” said the Polish prime minister.

Morawiecki promised Poland’s government would continue to defend the Polish national interest and appealed to Poles to rebut the defaming of Polish uniforms and the good name of Polish guards and soldiers. 

The Polish Ministry of the Interior has decided to release a short film about the border crisis that is to be shown ahead of all viewings of “Green Border” in cinemas that receive public financial support. The decision was criticized by Donald Tusk, who said that it is not the job of governments to review films and that the move discredited the authorities and not the film itself.

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