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Sep 23, 2017 - Sep 24, 2017

ALL MY COMPATRIOTS - The Power of the Powerless

Five banned Czechoslovak films stand as testaments to the power of dissident art. Organized in collaboration with Film Society of Lincoln Center. 


Saturday, September 23, 8:00 pm 

Sunday, September 24, 2:00 pm

Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center
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Director: Vojtěch Jasný, 120 min, Czechoslovakia

After war there is a celebration of freedom, but what happens when, even after victory, you do not agree with the new atmosphere? Experience the tension and heartbreak of moving from the Nazi occupation to the rules of the Soviet Socialist Union. This banned movie explores how relationships are affected by a government that has the power seize all one owns.

Communism brings change and disillusionment to a small Czech village in this daringly subversive micro-epic. Set between 1945 and 1958, All My Compatriots follows the myriad of residents of a Moravian farming community as they are coerced into collectivization, a process that pits the neighbor against the neighbor, those who join the party against those who resist. With sun-dappled, bucolic images and a feeling for small town social rituals - from church services to boozy bacchanals - Vojtěch Jasný (winner of the best director's prize at Cannes) casts a jaundiced eye on the corrupt, anti-democratic soul of the Communist Takeover.









The Czech New Wave, one of the most radical and brilliant bursts of creativity in film history, has flourished even within a totalitarian state. It was a bloody end with the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. Despite the stifling restrictions, the intrepid generation of Filmmakers continued to challenge Communist censorship by creating an art that was unpopularly provocative, satirical, and deeply critical of authoritarianism. The Soviet government responded the only way it knew how: by banning these works outright so many went unseen in their home country for decades. In anticipation of Václav Havel Day in New York City on September 28 - Czech Republic's National Statehood Day - Join us for a celebration of these subversive, wildly funny, dark and defiant films.

Presented in collaboration with Lincoln Center and BBLA. 

*The name "Power of the Powerless" is inspired by Václav Havel's 1978 essay, "The Power of the Powerless." Havel started an important discussion on the subject of freedom and power in Eastern Europe, questioning how one should challenge and interact with governing bodies in their society.*


The Ear
The Cremator 
The Firemen's Ball
Larks on a String






Lincoln Center


From: Sep 23, 2017
To: Sep 24, 2017


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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