1989 Season: Moments After

October 15, 2014

This autumn marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the revolutionary events of 1989. Together with the Czech Centre, the Frontline Club presents a special series of events: ‘Moments After’. These documentary film screenings and talks, aim to tackle political and social developments following the collapse of the Eastern bloc.

Screening: The Term + Q&A

Friday 17 October 2014, 7:00 PM

The Term tells the unique inside story of the Russian opposition movement as Vladimir Putin settles into the Kremlin for his third term, through exclusive access to anti-corruption blogger Aleksei Navalny and other key opposition figures, including Putin’s god-daughter, Ksenia Sobchak, and Solidarnost leader, Ilya Yashin. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with with producer Max Tuula via Skype.
 

Insight with Michael Žantovský: Havel and the Velvet Revolution

Monday 3 November 2014, 7:00 PM

Twenty-five years ago in December 1989, Václav Havel was elected as President of Czechoslovakia, marking the end of the Velvet Revolution and with it, the culmination of 41 years of communist rule. By his side throughout was Michael Žantovský, Havel’s press secretary, speech-writer, translator and close friend. Žantovský will be joining us in conversation with Edward Lucas, senior editor at The Economist, to bear witness to Havel’s extraordinary life as documented in his new book Havel: A Life, and to share his own experiences of living through the Velvet Revolution and the formation of the Czech Republic.

First Wednesday Screening: 1989

Wednesday 5 November 2014, 7:00 PM

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, we are pleased to be part of a pan-European simultaneous screening of the new documentary 1989 by award-winning director Anders Østergaard. The film 1989 is a high-politics drama about the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Iron Curtain. Østergaard recreates the events of 1989 and invites the audience into secret meeting rooms through a mixture of testimonials, archive material, and reconstructed dialogues of the key political players.

Screening: Four Velvet Men Then and Now – Jan Ruml + discussion

Friday 14 November 2014, 7:00 PM

For 20 years, director Pavel Koutecký and later director Jan Šikl followed the lives of four remarkable men who played key roles in the ending of communism in Czechoslovakia in November 1989. What followed was a period of change and transition, offering opportunities to those who were ready to seize them. This screening will be followed by a discussion on the challenges societies are faced with after a regime change.

 

These events are part of the Made in Prague Festival, 17 October – 30 November 2014.

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