Women's Day

Directed by Maria Sadowska | Poland | 2012 | 92 min.

Thursday, April 3 | 5:00pm | McConomy Auditorium, CMU's University Center
5000 Forbes Avenue

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Event Includes: A discussion moderated by Piotr Adamowicz, a famed Polish writer and journalist.
Presented in Conjunction with: The Slavic Languages & Literature department at the University of Pittsburgh
Co-sponsored by: Graduate Program for Cultural Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, LOT Polish Airlines, the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York, and the Polish Falcons of America

"We will only concentrate on the character of a lost woman, with a newly awakened fighting spirit. And it is through her eyes that we will perceive this brutal and, at times, beautiful world." —Director Maria Sadowska

How does one woman stand up to an unjust system? For Halima, a new managerial position at a supermarket doesn't come with much power. Between balancing the demands of a domineering boss with fiery resentment from subordinates, work is a particularly hostile place for this disenchanted single mother. Women's Day is an enthralling story about the difficult choices and ethical dilemmas that can come along with a paycheck. Not only does it address female solidarity and issues of gender equality, but invests strong emphasis on workers' rights in a post-Soviet Poland. Lead actress Katarzyna Kwiatkowska delivers a dazzling performance as a complicated heroine of the labor force. Based upon a real-life lawsuit against a major supermarket chain, Women's Day is a true underdog story, a salute to those who voice their concerns in the menacing face of oppression.


- Winner of the Grand Prize for Best Film at the 2012 Cottbus Film Festival of Young East European Cinema
- Nominated for the Competition 1-2 Award at the 2012 Warsaw International Film Festival


Maria Sadowska
Maria Sadowska is a native of Warsaw, Poland. Not only is she a filmmaker, but also a chart-topping pop singer and music producer who has been featured on Dancemania 8 and 9. Sadowska has degrees from the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw and the Lodz Film School. Women's Day is her first film.

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