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Oct 4, 2011 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Country of Dreams

FILM CLUB - Documentary films by Martin Rysavy. Free admission.

Country of Dreams / Země snů

Martin Ryšavý / Czech Republic / 57 min

The Vietnamese community in the Czech Republic is now in a very difficult situation. A part of its members are, thanks to the economic crisis, at very difficult economic conditions, have to leave the familiar method of earning money and find new one. In this situation the new Vietnamese immigrants are becoming their competitors, because they try to look for a job in Czech companies with the help of a personal agency. The majority of economic immigrants come to the Czech Republic already with huge debts for intermediation their journey and extreme expectations as well as without any knowledge of local language, environment and the Czech law i.e. without knowledge of their obligations and rights. All above mentioned factors often lead to higher vulnerability of these people from the trade with people and exploitation point of view apart from the fact that many of them are thus more or less involuntary put on the verge of the law. The film Country of Dreams gives a report about a very oppressive and often even a situation of a personal tragedy of some of them and adds knowledgeable comments from local Vietnamese settlers and competent people, who are on behalf of the Czech Republic in charge of immigrants, whether they are high public officers, lawyers or delegates of Czech businessmen, which employ Vietnamese immigrants.

 This film was created with the support of State Fund Czech Republic for supporting Czech cinematography.


Director Martin Ryšavý will be present at the Czech Center after the film screening of BEAR ISLANDS on OCTOBER 18

Martin Ryšavý
Martin Ryšavý (born 1967 in Prague) is Czech author, screenwriter and director. He studied biology at the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Charles University and screenwriting at the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague. He is head of the Department of Screenwriting and Script Editing at FAMU. He has made documentaries with primarily ethnographic themes in Siberia and Vietnam. His third “ethnographic” film Afonka Does Not Want to Herd Reindeer Anymore/Afoňka už nechce pást soby was awarded the best Czech documentary film at the IDFF Jihlava in 2004. Martin Ryšavý wrote the subject and script of the story Journey/Cesta in the short story film by Roman Vávra In the Rye (1998), the script of the film by Ivan Vojnár Forest Walkers/ Lesní chodci (2003) which he later rewrote in book form, or the script for the television film Aljona (2008). However, his most significant achievement was his two-volume book Journeys to Siberia/Cesty na Sibiř (2008) for which he received the Czech literary Magnesia Litera award in the prose category. In the year of 2010 he received a Pavel Koutecky Award for his latest film Země snů/ The Land of Dreams about community of unemployed Vietnamese workers in the Czech Republic.


Argiš (CZ, 1995)
Rozprava o metodě (CZ, 1997)
Bílá Indiánka (CZ, 1999)
Sibiř - duše v muzeu (72´, CZ, 2003)
Afoňka už nechce pást soby (76´, CZ, 2004)
Kdo mě naučí půl znaku/ Who Will Teach Me the Half of the Character (91´, ČR, 2006)
Malupien, Olšový Spas (93´, ČR, 2008)
Země snů/ The Land of Dreams (57´, ČR, 2009)


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Oct 4, 2011 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM


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