Velvet Docs will present films that captured the revolutionary year 1989 in the Czechoslovakia and other countries. The series will be shown from 13–17 November at the Ponrepo Cinema in Prague and will be available along with additional films on the Dafilms.com portal from 11 to 24 November 2019.
The year 1989 is a milestone in contemporary Czech history that ended one chapter of the twentieth century and opened the way to a new era for the Czech and Slovak nations. The events surrounding 17 November 1989 are broadly known, being as they are fairly recent, but closer inspection reveals them to be shrouded in fog. There is often agreement concerning the outlines of individual historical events, but specific circumstances are often lost in the flux of parallel narratives and myriad historical figures. The 30th anniversary of the events of November 1989 offers an ideal opportunity to provide a closer view through documentary filmmakers who captured the events of the Velvet Revolution in its first days as well as in the following months and even years, often in a very unique manner or from an original perspective.
Over the course of five evenings, the Velvet Docs series will present documentary films that captured the revolutionary year in our country as well as abroad. Vojtěch Jasný, Pavel Koutecký, Jiří Krejčík, and Karel Vachek are a few of the authors featured in the series, whose work mirrors the introductory quote by Zygmunt Bauman: “Happiness isn’t a state, but rather a moment.”
The series will be shown from 13-17 November at the Ponrepo Cinema and will be available along with additional films on the Dafilms.com portal from 11 to 24 November 2019. The series is organized by the Institute of Documentary Film and the National Film Archive in cooperation with Dafilms.com, with kind support from Magistrát hlavního města Prahy. The partners are Film & Sociology, Slovak Film Institute, Estonian Embassy in Prague, Korzo Národní and FAMU.
Tickets cost 80 CZK per film with the exception of Pavel Koutecký films on the 17 November 2019.
Velvet Docs: “Happiness isn’t a state, but rather a moment”
Ponrepo Cinema, 13 – 17 November 2019
Dafilms.com, 11 – 24 November 2019
Enjoy the poster by Bohdan Heblík.