Understanding the Velvet Revolution Through Film

Please join CEERES for a film screening dedicated to the Czech and Slovak Velvet Revolution.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Film screening will begin at 5pm
Two movies will be shown: The Power of the Powerless, and Jak to říct dětem (What to Tell the Kids).

Location: Franke Institute for the Humanities
1100 E. 57th Street (main level of Regenstein Library by the East entrance)


Film summaries:

The Power of the Powerless, 78 minutes, 2009

Czechoslovakia's "Velvet Revolution" is one of the most stirring episodes of people-power in recent history. Inspired by the corageous struggle of a handful of dissidents, and sparked by idealistic students demonstrating in the streets of Prague, Czechs and Slovaks brought an end to 40 years of communist tyranny through bloodless revolution in 1989. Featuring original interviews with dissidents such as former President Vaclav Havel, this film documents their monumental achievement and asks why Czech youth aren't being taught about their own history.


Jak to říct dětem (What to Tell the Kids), 2014

As direct participants in the demonstration on November 17, 1989, the filmmakers try to invoke the dialogue of former students, now parents, with their children. In the film, the battered participants of the parade speak, but also those who left it before the intervention units hit. The film evokes and captures successful and unsuccessful attempts to pass on personal experience and tries to do it in a form that should be accessible to children: by play, toys, animation.