The Last Schoolbell (1989)

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As high school students put on a politically-engaged school play, tensions begin to rise between them and their headmaster. The conflict seems to mirror the social situation in the 1980s Poland.


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14 February 2012 | Galicius
| Struggle for truth
At the heart of this film is a struggle for expression and historical truth demanded by students of a high school (gymnasium) in their senior year before working for their final exams and the faculty principally one hard liner for whom the last work in education is the official government version of history and politics. I have seen such on a smaller scale but in grade school during a struggle between the Gomulka regime and the church over religious education in public schools in the late 1950's. This is late 1980's when Solidarity was in jails and underground. There are leaders here both among students and among sympathetic faculty.

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