January 15, 2019 , 7:00 pm

[1st Floor]

A historical fim, which focuses on one of the crucial milestones of the modern Czechoslovak history – the self-immolation of Jan Palach. The plot line revolves around this painfully striking protest against the Soviet invasion in 1968 and debates the preceding thoughts of its sole actor. Jan Palach was 20 years old when he immolated himself on January 16, 1969 on the Wenceslas Square in Prague. Described as an empathetic boy with a sharp sense for justice, Jan didn’t confide in anyone about his intention – his mother, his girlfriend Helena or his friends. The film zooms in on Jan’s face and tries to detect the origins of his quiet decision.

Director: Robert Sedláček, 2018. Run time: 124 min, Czech Republic / Slovakia. In Czech with English subtitles.

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Organized by: Czech Center NY