Debate Law, system, freedom. Challenges for the 21st century


Held at the Lower Silesian Film Centre, the debate accompanying the 13th edition of Millennium DocsAgainstGravity festival was inspired by David Bernet’s film under the title Democracy. It focused on the challenges posed to states and societies by the dynamically changing world of the 21st century.

The law today is an axiologically and technically complicated system that is a compromise between contradictory social interests resulting from tensions among the most important economic forces. It can be viewed as an instruction manual regulating our lives to an ever greater extent. Public administration bodies follow their own logic, which is non-transparent and impossible to understand for the citizens. The power mechanisms as depicted in Democracy have gone a long way since the time when their primary aim was to effectively satisfy people’s needs and ensure public order.

The political future was the subject discussed by invited guests: Katarzyna Szymielewicz, president of the Panoptykon Foundation and an activist for freedom and protection of human rights on the Internet, and Professor Leszek Koczanowicz, a political philosopher and psychologist. The meeting was moderated by Edwin Bendyk.