Iron Sky Film Festival: democracy in Slovakia and Czech Republic

Film & Conversation - 

During the two-day Iron Sky Film Festival you will see films by Czech and Slovak documentary makers. They show the difficult democratic development in their country after the fall of the Iron Curtain and the challenges facing their countries. After the film-screenings, you can talk to experts.

This November it is 29 years since the Iron Curtain fell in Slovakia and the Czech Republic. Despite the fact that three decades have passed, corruption is still shockingly large and press freedom is increasingly restricted. What goes wrong in these young democracies? Can we still speak of democracy, or do the politicians have a different understanding of this? Where does the attraction of authoritarian leaders come from? And what has to happen to turn the tide?

On Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 November, several films will be shown by Slovak and Czech documentary makers. From the inside they show the challenges that their countries are struggling with. On Saturday the focus is on Slovakia, on Sudan on Czech Republic. You buy a ticket for one day and then have access to both films. For more information about the festival, visit the website.

16:30 – 17:00

  • The organizers of the event welcome you and give a brief introduction into the most important current political and societal issues in  the Czech Republic.

17:00 – 18:00

  • Tomáš Kudrna, Czech Republic, 2016, 52m.
    ‘The Power of Lies’ is a documentary about the origin of fake news, information wars and the influence of disinformation in the Czech Republic. The documentary tries to find out who is behind the false reports, which spread mainly through social media, and what the possible influence of Russia is.

19:00 – 20:15

  • Vít Janeček and Zuzana Piussi, Czech Republic, 2017, 75m.
    For Selský rozum (Peasant Common Sense), documentary makers Vít Janeček and Zuzana Piussi have collected information about the life of farmers in the Czech countryside for three years. For example, they wanted to show the consequences of the policies of the Czech Prime Minister, Andrej Babiš, on agriculture in the Czech Republic.

20.15 – 22:00


After the film there wille be a conversation with experts:

  • Peter Kopecký. Professor of Political Science and co-editor of the journal ‘East European Politics‘. He focusses on political parties and party systems in contemporary democracies.
  • Tomáš Cirhan. PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Leiden. His research deals with new anti-establishment parties, post-communist party systems and rise of populist politics in Eastern Europe.
  • Tomáš Vrba. Studied Philosophy and Psychology at Charles University in Prague and worked as a social worker for Roma gypsies in Prague. He is a lecturer at the New York University in Prague. Also chairman of the board of directors of the Forum 2000 Foundation and the Archa Theater in Prague.

Tickets & more information
A one day ticket (€7,50) gives access to both films, you can also buy a ticket for the whole weekend (€15) For more information about the festival, visit the website.

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