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Three Days in Szczecin
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Documentary series with international stories. Predecessor to FRONTLINE, executive producer David Fanning. Five seasons from 1978-1981. "WORLD has presented a series of international documentaries. One of our concerns has been to show the world as others see it, and we are committed to the idea that we should include those who normally don't have a chance to have their voices heard." -- quote from opening to Blacks Britannica (1978) Series release date: 1978

Program Description

In 1971, shipyard worker Edmund Baluka led a successful strike in the Polish shipyard of Szczecin. What makes this so remarkable is that it happened in a communist country, where strikes had previously been crushed with tanks. This time it was different because Baluka insisted on talking to the leader of his country. And the leader, Edward Gierek, came to the shipyard to talk. This program intersperses interviews with Baluka, in exile in Britain, with a dramatized reconstruction of the strike.



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Broadcast program

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Global Affairs
Chicago: “World; Three Days in Szczecin,” 01/19/1978, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 24, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9BB03403AF0D43A298FCB9D3386B48E0.
MLA: “World; Three Days in Szczecin.” 01/19/1978. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 24, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9BB03403AF0D43A298FCB9D3386B48E0>.
APA: World; Three Days in Szczecin. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_9BB03403AF0D43A298FCB9D3386B48E0
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