True Story, episode 41: 5 Pills Away

26. 6. 2022

Author: Veronika Zýková

Ivona Remundová discusses with director Karolina Domagalska and producer Anna Stylinska their documentary 5 Pills Away about four women friends from Abortion Dream Team who step in and lead a revolution when Polish government introduces a near-total abortion ban. 5 Pills Away got the DAE Pitch Talent Encouragement Prize at the East Doc Platform 2022, where the podcast was recorded.

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5 Pills Away
In October 2020, the Polish government introduces an almost total abortion ban. From now on, abortion is impossible even if the fetus is malfunctioned. It causes huge response of Polish women – they walk out on the streets in what is known as the biggest rebellion seen in democratic Poland. All of a sudden, many women are left alone and they have nobody to turn to. Luckily, there’s an abortion hotline +48 222 922 597 run by Abortion Dream Team. The number appears on banners, walls, even churches. Natalia, Karolina, Justyna and Kinga help other women to perform self‑managed abortions at home or direct them to the clinics abroad. Unexpectedly, they all find themselves in the middle of the women’s rights revolution. For them abortion is a part of life, not a political debate
Before they even realize they become the enemies of the state and their lives and safety is being put at risk. What was once a silent help work becomes a dangerous fight against the system which doesn’t play fair with its opponents. Will they live up to that huge challenge and survive as a team? Will they go through the fight without being hurt? Or will they step back seeing that the risk is too high?

True Story - season 1:
Episode 01: A Loss of Something Ever Felt with Liis Nimik and Carlos E. Lesmes
Episode 02: Pure Art with Maksim Shved
Episode 03: Town of Glory with Dmitry Bogolyubov
Episode 04: Caught in the Net with Pavla Klimešová
Episode 05: Wolves at the Borders with Martin Páv
Episode 06: Her Mothers with Asia Dér and Sári Haragonics
Episode 07: Merry Christmas, Yiwu with Mladen Kovačević
Episode 08: An Ordinary Country with Tomasz Wolski
Episode 09: Acasa, My Home with Radu Ciorniciuc
Episode 10: Salt from Bonneville with Simon Mozgovyi

True Story - season 2:
Episode 11: Living Water with Pavel Borecký
Episode 12: Every Single Minute with Erika Hníková and Jiří Konečný
Episode 13: Reconstruction of Occupation with Jan Šikl and Alice Tabery
Episode 14: Once Upon a Time in Poland with Filip Remunda
Episode 15: Grief with Andrea Culková
Episode 16: Two Roads with Radovan Síbrt
Episode 17: The Good Death with Tomáš Krupa
Episode 18: A New Shift with Jindřich Andrš
Episode 19: Personal Life of a Hole with Ondřej Vavrečka
Episode 20: Peculiarity of Fisherman's Soul with Ivana Pauerová Miloševičová

True Story - season 3:
Episode 21: Davis Simanis
Episode 22: Museum of the Revolution with Srdjan Keča and Vanja Jambrović
Episode 23: How I Became a Partisan with Vera Lacková
Episode 24: Anna Zamecka
Episode 25: Alina Gorlova
Episode 26: Veton Nurkollari
Episode 27: Holy Father with Andrei Dascalescu
Episode 28: In Praise of Nothing with Boris Mitić
Episode 29: Common Language with Volia Chajkouskaya
Episode 30: When the War Comes with Jan Gebert

True Story - season 4:
Episode 31: Ksenia Okhapkina
Episode 32: Vlad Ketkovich
Episode 33: Darya Bassel
Episode 34: Judgment in Hungary with Eszter Hajdú
Episode 35: Marianna Kaat
Episode 36: Mariia Ponomarova
Episode 37: KIX - The Story of a Street Kid with Balint Revesz
Episode 38: Ivars Zviedris
Episode 39: Shut the Fuck Up! with Taisiia Kutuzova
Episode 40: Up in the Air with Oksana Syhareva and Nataliia Pogudina

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