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  • 5 December 2013

    24 years after Lech Walesa's legendary speech before the joint session of the U.S. Congress, the words "We the People" resounded again in Washington’s Capitol. Moving Polish and American hearts and minds through archival footage from 1989 marked the special event screening of Andrzej Wajda's film "Walesa. Man of Hope" at the Congressional Auditorium.

    Throughout the evening, the guest of honor was greeted with several standing ovations from nearly 500 representatives of the U.S. political and economic elite, members of the diplomatic corps, and the media, who had an opportunity to hear the pre-premier discussion of President Lech Walesa and former Senator from Connecticut and current president of the Motion Picture Association of America ( MPAA ), Christopher Dodd.

     

    As Ambassador Schnepf stated in his speech, the dismantling of the communist system, who’s final chord was the fall of the Berlin Wall, would have not been possible without the protests of the Gdansk shipyard workers, led by Lech Walesa.

     

     

     

     

    "This story began in Poland," emphasized Ryszard Schnepf, adding that Poland and the Poles will never forget the words uttered by solidarity as well as the support we received, especially from the United States, in the most difficult times of martial law.

     

    The special screening at the Capitol was attended by representatives of the Senate and U.S. Congress, led by Senator Barbara Mikulski and Congressman John Dingell, representatives of U.S. administration and other dignitaries, as well as a large group of Polish and local journalists. Among the special guests of the event was the lead actor in the film, Robert Więckiewicz.

     

    "Your person and your accomplishments as well as Poland’s success are the best inspiration for people who want to change the world" further emphasized Senator Mikulski as she spoke to Lech Walesa.

     

    Due to the unique nature of the event at the Capitol, guests and all members of the Senate and House of Representatives, received a commemorative pin, and philatelic folder issued by the Polish Post Office commemorating Lech Walesa’s 70th birthday.

     

    The screening of the film "Walesa. Man of Hope” in the U.S. Congress was not only a prestigious political but also a timely cultural event, proving to be a great occasion to once again highlight and celebrate the work of producer Andrzej Wajda, a Polish candidate for Oscar in the category of best foreign language film.

    President Lech Walesa with former Senator and now Motion Picture Association of America Chairman, Christopher Dodd.
    President Lech Walesa with former Senator and now Motion Picture Association of America Chairman, Christopher Dodd.
    View from the VIP Balcony of the discussion between President Walesa and Senator Dodd in the Congressional Auditorium.
    View from the VIP Balcony of the discussion between President Walesa and Senator Dodd in the Congressional Auditorium.
    Standing ovation for President Lech Walesa from all of the dignitaries in attendance at the Congressional Auditorium
    Standing ovation for President Lech Walesa from all of the dignitaries in attendance at the Congressional Auditorium
    Former Senator and now Chairman of the MPAA, Christopher Dodd and Ambassador Ryszard Schnepf sharing a lighter moment ahead of the event.
    Former Senator and now Chairman of the MPAA, Christopher Dodd and Ambassador Ryszard Schnepf sharing a lighter moment ahead of the event.
    Congressman John Dingell and his wife Debbie, President Lech Walesa, Washington Wizards Center Marcin Gortat and Senate Poland Caucus Co-Chair Senator Barbara Mikulski sharing a moment in advance of the ceremonies.
    Congressman John Dingell and his wife Debbie, President Lech Walesa, Washington Wizards Center Marcin Gortat and Senate Poland Caucus Co-Chair Senator Barbara Mikulski sharing a moment in advance of the ceremonies.
    Leading Actor Robert Wieckiewicz, Senator Christopher Dodd, President Lech Walesa, Senator Barbara Mikulski and Ambassador Ryszard Schnepf pose for a photo together with special edition stamps issued by the Polish Post Office at the conclusion of the discussion in the Congressional Auditorium.
    Leading Actor Robert Wieckiewicz, Senator Christopher Dodd, President Lech Walesa, Senator Barbara Mikulski and Ambassador Ryszard Schnepf pose for a photo together with special edition stamps issued by the Polish Post Office at the conclusion of the discussion in the Congressional Auditorium.

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