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In poverty, she found strength.
In oppression, she found courage.
In solidarity, she found a reason to believe again.
Acclaimed German actress Katharina Thalbach (THE TIN DRUM, SOPHIES CHOICE) stars in this hard-hitting historical drama set during the rise of Polands Solidarity movement.
An illiterate single mother, Agnieszka Kowalska is a Socialist "heroine of labor" for working long hours as a shipyard welder until her superiors deny compensation to the widows of 21 workers killed in an industrial disaster.
Risking her job, her life, and the love of her son to defy the bureacracy, Agnieszka inspires the largest labor strike in world history and becomes a national hero.
Volker Schlöndorff adapted this "ballad based on historical events" from the biography of Anna Walentynowicz, the free trade activist who mobilized a million Poles for Solidarity and helped hasten the fall of Communism.
Filmed entirely on location at Polands Lenin Shipyard, where history was made.
Stirring --A. O. Scott, The New York Times
A terrific lead performance by Katharina Thalbach --Reel.com
inspiring...workers are willing to fight for their rights .Published 11 months ago by Marilyn K. Hunt
Katharina Thalbach, as many have said, gives a wonderful performance in this film about the rise of the Solidarity movement in Poland. Read morePublished 20 months ago by WSH
"STRIKE" is a true story of the Polish People and their great fight for freedom against the communist authorities who had ruled them since the defeat of the Nazis. Read morePublished on April 10, 2013 by G. Heilman
STRIKE..the biography of Agnieszka Kowalska whose revolt against Communism inspired the creation of Solidarity and thus the liberation of Poland from the jackboot of the Left. Read morePublished on June 4, 2012 by The Mysterious Traveler