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Screening of the documentary “The Power of the Powerless”

On the occasion of the anniversary of the fall of Communism in Czechoslovakia, 17 November 1989, the Embassy of the Czech Republic arranged two film screenings of the documentary The Power of the Powerless (2009) by Cory Taylor.

On Tuesday 16 November 2010, the evening before the Czech national holiday, the documentary The Power of the Powerless was shown at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Copenhagen. 40 guests attended, including diplomats, Czech linguists and Czech expats of all generations, people from Danish cultural institutions and the Danish public. The Czech Ambassador Zdeněk Lyčka recalled the events and the historical context of the Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia. Furthermore, he reminded the audience of the celebrations of the 20th anniversary last year, when the Embassy besides numerous events arranged a film evening focused on the situation in Burma to address the still existence of totalitarian regimes in the world (we are very pleased by the fact that the leader of the Burmese opposition, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been recently released, after 15 years of home arrest). The guests continued with a discussion and refreshments were served after the screening.


The Czech Ambassador Zdeněk Lyčka spoke of the events and the historical context of the Velvet Revolution.

On Wednesday 17 November 2010 the Embassy arranged another screening at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense, in cooperation with the Center for Cold War Studies at the University of Southern Denmark and the Cold War Museum at  the Langelandsfort. More than 20 students, teachers and others with an interest listened to the introduction speech by the historian Thomas Wegener Friis, PhD., on the historical events connected to the fall of Communism in Eastern and Central Europe around the year 1989. The research assistant Kristine Mitgaard then spoke about human rights and the importance of the concept of human rights for the individual and the society during the Cold War. A lecture on the influence of the historical events in Czechoslovakia in 1948, 1968 and 1989 on Denmark held by Peer Henrik Hansen from the Cold War Museum followed. The film The Power of the Powerless was shown afterwards.