“Judges under pressure” tells the story of defiant judges who stand in defence of the Constitution and the separation of powers. One of these judges is Igor Tuleya who withstands the pressure and issues verdicts that are unfavourable to those in power. For the government he is public enemy number one; for protesting citizens – the face of the judges’ resistance. In the film we see the consequences of his uncompromising stance, we look at how political pressure affects his life. At the same time, we witness the remarkable solidarity that is shown to him both by other judges and ordinary people. Meanwhile, a cruel illustration reveals the extent to which the rule of law has been dismantled. After the politicised Constitutional Court decides to severely restrict access to abortions, Poland is swept over by the largest wave of demonstrations in its history. Judges take to the streets hand in hand with ordinary people to defend of the rule of law.


  • Genre: Documentary
  • Country: Poland
  • Running time: 87
  • Year: 2021
  • Color: colour

Director: Kacper Lisowski

Script: Kacper Lisowski, Iwona Harris

DOP: Kacper Lisowski

Music: Maria Peszek, barekprzestań, FISZ EMADE TWORZYWO, Kontrola W, Szumkot, TZN Xenna, WaluśKraksaKryzys

Editing: Bartosz Pietras, Marcin Sołtysik

Sound: Marcin Popławski

Production company: Lollipop Films, Iwona Harris


About the director:

Kacper Lisowski

Kacper Lisowski

Born in 1972 in Warsaw. An alumnus of Łódź Film School and the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing in Warsaw. Currently works as director of photography and director. His works as director of photography includes, among others: “Chemo” and  “You Don’t Know How Much I Love You” by Paweł Łoziński. He directed and shot his first documentary, “Whisky and Milk” in 2012 and in debuted with the feature film “Father’s Day” (33 mins.) in 2014 for which he was awarded numerous prizes, including 2014 Clermont-Ferrand “Etudiant de Jeunesse” Award. In 2018 he directed and shot his first full-length documentary “World Champion”. The documentary „Judges under pressure” is his latest work as director and director of photography.

At festivals:

IDFA: International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2021 (screening)

Watch Docs, 2021, Poland, 2021 (Audience Award)

Budapest International Documentary Film Festival, Hungary, 2022 (competition)

DOCPOINT Helsinki Documentary Film Festival, Finland, 2022 (competition)

London Human Rights Watch Film Festival, United Kingdom, 2022 (competition)

One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, 2022, Czech Republic, 2022 (competition)

CPH:DOX* | Copenhagen Int. Documentary Film Festival, 2022, Danmark, 2022 (screening)

Millennium Documentary Film Festival, Belgium, 2022 (Bronze Goal - Best Film for Human Rights )

19. Neisse Film Festival, 2022, Germany, 2022 (competition)

62nd Krakow Film Festival, Poland, 2022 (screening)

Screening in BEM Mozi cinema in Budapest, Hungary, 2022 (screening)

Sofia DocuMental International Documentary Film Festival, Bulgaria, 2022 (screening)

17th International Human Rights Film Festival IHRFFA, Albania, 2022 (competition)

Job Film Days Festival 2022, Italy, 2022 (screening)

Week of Justice 2022, Estonia, 2022 (screening)

Inconvenient Films International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Lithuania, 2022 (screening)

Human Rights FIlm Festival Berlin, Germany, 2022 (screening)

Bergen International Film Festival, Norway, 2022 (screening)

Screening in Cinema Lumière in Bruges, Belgium, 2022 (screening)

MOVE IT! Film Festival for Human Rights, Germany, 2022 (screening)

610 Berlin - Warszawa Film Festival, Germany, 2022 (screening)

Screening at Cinema Lumière – Brugge, Belgium, 2022 (screening)

Human Right Film Festival in Lund, Sweden, 2022 (screening)

HRFT 13th Human Rights Documentary Film Days, Turkey, 2022 (screening)

Evropa Film Akt / Festival L'Europe autour de l'Europe Paris 2023, France, 2023 (screening)

9th Censurados Film Festival, Peru, 2023 (competition)

20th International Human Rights Film Festival [FICDH], Argentina, 2023 (competition)

Inconvenient Film Festival 2023, Lithuania, 2023 (Best Film of the IMPACT competition)

8th Auroville Film Festival 2024, India, 2024 (competition)