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Lions of Czech Film: Vojta Lavička - Ups and Downs

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On November 13, at 8 pm, the Avalon Theater will screen the documentary Vojta Lavička: UPS AND DOWNS (Vojta Lavička: Nahoru a dolů) by Helena Třeštíková. The documentary follows Romany musician, activist and reporter Vojta Lavička over the course of 16 years.

Vojta Lavička: Ups and Downs
Vojta Lavička: Nahoru a dolů

November 13, 8 pm
DIR: Helena Třeštíková - Q&A with the director!
2013, 80 min., Czech with English subtitles

This documentary follows the ups and downs of Romany musician, activist and reporter Vojta Lavička over the course of 16 years.
Vojta is a pioneer in Romany TV and radio broadcasting, advocating for the rights of gypsies. He primarily made his name
as a great violin player with the group Gipsy.cz. At the same time, he has been fighting his whole life against the darker aspects of
his character, resolving relationships with women and looking for his place in the sun in and out of the Romany community. How
does he combine pride in his Romany origins with disagreement about the manner in which some Roma live? Why leave for abroad
like many others when he feels at home in the Czech Republic? Festivals and Awards (selection): Screened at prestigious film
festivals including the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival (2013).

About the Lions of Czech Film Series:
This marks the seventh year of collaboration with the Avalon Theatre to present the Lions of Czech Film Series. This film series gives the Washington, DC, community an opportunity to view Czech films that are popular hits in Europe and have received numerous honors and awards at film festivals. Most of the films have received the prestigious Czech Lion Award, the Czech equivalent of an Academy Award. All of the films have limited distribution in the United States. The Lions of Czech Film Series offers an invaluable opportunity to see the best of Czech cinema in the nation’s capital.

Upcoming Screenings:
December 11, 8 pm: Alois Nebel (Alois Nebel)

The Avalon Theater
5612 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20015

Tickets may be purchased at the box office or online at www.theavalon.org.
For more information, call the box office at (202) 966-3464, or to hear general information about films playing at the Avalon, call (202) 966-6000.