Embassy of the Czech Republic                                                                    in Helsinki

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Documentary film about a former political prisoner presented in Tampere

On August 20th, 2012 a documentary film portrait of a former political female prisoner Karla Charvátová was presented in Niagara Arthouse Cinema in Tampere. The author of the project is Tomáš Bouška from Aspen Institute Prague. The film projection was followed by a discussion with academics and audience. The event was organized in cooperation with Tampere University Allumni and Embassy of the Czech Republic in Helsinki.

The student documentary film was presented in Tampere in the frame of the voluntary initiative Politicti vezni.cz/Political Prisoners.eu. At the beginning of the event Finnish researcher and writer Timo Malmi and the author of the project Tomáš Bouška spoke about the topic. The cinema was full and during the discussion the Finnish audience was asking the young authors questions about the contents and form of the film. The interest of the Finnish public was also supported by the anniversary of the occupation of Czechoslovakia by the troops of the Warsaw Pact in 1968 which was condemned by the great majority of Finns. 

The aim of the documentary film “K. Ch. – the Story of a Female Political Prisoner“ is to remind the topic of political prisoners under the communist regime through a strong personal story of the main hero. The author wishes to bring the topic of political prisoners closer to the present generation of students in secondary schools where the film is also presented in modern history classes. The voluntary initiative Political Prisoners.eu is a nongovernmental and non-profit project. Its aim is “to record and preserve ethically the memory and life stories of former political prisoners – eye witnesses and participants in historical events”. The author is planning more projects in future concentrating on problems of political prisoners also outside the border of the Czech Republic and Europe.

More information about the project can be found on the website of Political Prisoners.eu