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May 15, 2009 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Czech Documentary Films – Bye Bye Shanghai

Film screening at the Czech Center. May 15, 8 pm.

Czech Documentary Films – Bye Bye Shanghai

May 15, 8 pm

Czech Center New York


Distinguished Czech documentarist Jana Bokova, who lives in Argentina, decided for

her latest film to find out exactly what the word “exile” means.

Her first stop is Prague where, after a period of 40 years, she meets up with a friend from her school days, the philosopher Vaclav Bělohradsky.
Their joint recollections of leaving Prague, at that time occupied by “friendly” forces, are deftly woven into high-quality archive footage.

She also conducts a frank interview in Prague with the lightly intoxicated Vlasta Třešňak, who remembers his torture during the endless interrogations by the state secret police and the need to choose between prison and emigration. In Paris, poet and translator Petr Kral reflects upon the mechanisms of totalitarian power and looks back at the major role the Prague Spring played in Western left-wing thinking.

This highly personal film by Jana Bokova, examining the lives of several Czech emigres, including the director herself, considers the various aspects of emigration

and reaches the conclusion that, once a person has been uprooted, he can never cultivate his native roots again.


Bohemian National Hall, 321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States


May 15, 2009 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM


České centrum

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