Film Notation with Donald Tusk
Donald Tusk is a Polish politician who was engaged in "Solidarity" movement from its beginnings. During his studies at the University of Gdansk he co-organised Students' Solidarity Committee, which was a reaction to the murder of Stanislaw Pyjas by Security Services. After the strikes broke in Gdansk Shipyard in August 1980, he was one of the founders of the Independent Students’ Union. Tusk's activities in the early 1980s focused on copying and disseminating illegal press and literature. He was also engaged in organising help for people oppressed by the regime, especially students. Later he worked as a journalist in several newspapers related to "Solidarity". After 1989 he became an active politician and was regularly chosen to the Parliament, where he held the highest functions. Between 2003-2014 he was the chairman of the Civic Platform party and between 2007-2014 the Prime Minister of Poland. Since 2014 he has been acting as the President of the European Council of European Union.
Film Notation with Donald Tusk focuses on his everyday life and oppositional activities in the 1980s in Gdansk, especially on his work in the Altitude Service Cooperative "Swietlik", which was an organisation founded in 1983 by a group of students - activists from the Independent Students’ Union, gathered students in order to help them make money, what was often problematic in socialist economics. The organisation gathered young intellectuals, activists and Alpinists. In his Notation Tusk speaks about his experiences of being a part of such colourful group. He describes the influence of "Swietlik" on his later life.
The Film Notation of Donald Tusk was used in a documentary about he Altitude Service Cooperative "Swietlik" produced in 2010.
- Tołłoczko-Suchańska, Barbara