Book Chapter

With Eyes Wide Open: Gender Equality in the Polish Film Industry

Chapter Author
Greta Gober

Palgrave Macmillan


This book is about the struggle for gender equality in film industries across seventeen countries. Little is known about contemporary activism outside of Hollywood and this collection aims to fill this crucial gap in our knowledge. Contributors from countries as diverse as Iceland, New Zealand and Ireland evaluate their respective industries by establishing the scale of gender inequality with reference to structural inequalities, discrimination, unconscious bias and gendered power relations. The collection addresses the extent to which gender equality is tackled, with a focus on female practitioners— screenwriters, directors, producers, cinematographers and editors. Significantly, it addresses the surge of recent activism in the aftermath of MeToo and Times Up and the variety of responses from funding bodies throughout the world. The book makes a valuable contribution to international debates. It offers academics, students, activists, policy makers, practitioners and film goers a comprehensive insight into the impact of gender equality demands across the globe and positions them within specific historical and cultural contexts. It also establishes a solid foundation for further research.

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In this chapter, I provide a short overview of the state of Poland’s film industry with regard to its gendered structure and distribution of national funds in comparison with other European countries. Next, I review the initiatives that were organized to support women’s involvement in the film industry since 2015. Lastly, I present the context in which an informal group of women working in the film industry Women in Film Poland was born. This group has intensified gender equality activism which led to first success in building institutional support for gender equality in the film industry in Poland. The struggle is nevertheless still in the critical phase of awareness-raising. Time will tell what the outcome of the struggle will be.

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    Book Chapter (other academic)
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    Women in the International Film Industry. Policy, Practice and Power
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About the Author

Greta Gober

Greta Gober, PhD is a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Leading Research Environment in Global Media Studies and Politics of Mediated Communication in the Department of Media Studies at Stockholm University in Sweden. Greta’s research focuses on produc... Read more


Gober, G. (2020). With Eyes Wide Open: Gender Equality in the Polish Film Industry. In: S. Liddy, ed., Women in the International Film Industry. Policy, Practice and Power, 1st ed. Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 61-76.