The drama, which won a Venice film festival prize, was called ‘Nazi propaganda’ by proponents of Poland’s right-wing migrant policy

Polish film director Agnieszka Holland’s prize-winning refugee drama Green Border is to be released in Poland, weeks before the country goes to the polls on migration matters, in defiance of a major backlash from the right-wing conservative government.

Holland’s black-and-white film, which scooped up the special jury prize at last month’s Venice film festival and will be released in her native country on 22 September, is told from the perspective of a Syrian family trying to flee into the EU via Belarus, as well as that of a Polish border guard having qualms about the brutal treatment of refugees.

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