"THE UNDERGROUND OF HOPE” GETS THE AUDIENCE AWARD OF 18TH WATCH DOCS IFF

First Polish feature length documentary on medical marijuana is the latest addition to the set of films awarded at the 18th WATCH DOCS.

The Festival’s Audience Award goes to “The Underground of Hope” directed by Jan Bluz (score: 4,74). The list of the best rated documentaries screened at WATCH DOCS includes also: “Under the Wire” (4,73); “The Trial: Russian Federation vs. Oleg Sentsov” (4,72); “Deminer” (4,72); “Three Identical Strangers” (4,71). Congratulations!

 

The Underground of Hope

Although the facts are conclusive, the issue of medical marijuana still arouses a lot of emotion in Poland. The title underground of hope refers to the Polish community of supporters of medical marijuana, from patients and their families, through doctors who offer their patients this sort of treatment, to activists from legalization movements and those who bring medicinal products from abroad or produce them on the spot—illegally, since marijuana is still banned in Poland. The director compares the situation in Poland, Spain, Slovenia and Israel. Discussions with experts and doctors leave no doubt—only drug dealers benefit from the penalization of marijuana.