26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Czech Poverty

Panel discussion on the current burning topic


The recent Czech election campaign surprisingly little emphasised the problems of poverty, including underlying poverty, while equally neglecting social inequalities. It would seem that the Czech Republic has already overcome these negative phenomena. But what does research and real people’s stories tell us about the reality and how has the issue evolved over the last few years? Our discussion will explore how this situation affects single mothers and people burdened by debt and foreclosures, whether and how taxes can serve as the remedy, and what can be done to deal with the housing crisis.




Lucie Trlifajová

Social anthropologist. She works at the Centre for Social Issues and at the Institute of Sociology of the Czech Academy of Sciences in the Department of Socioeconomics of Housing. She has long been focusing on various forms of poverty, migration, economic insecurity and their impact on Czech society. 


Saša Uhlová

Czech journalist and graduate of Romani Studies at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague. She is an editor of the Alarm online daily and previously worked as an editor of the Deník Referendum online daily. She is also a field researcher and teacher. Her texts focus on social issues and working conditions.


Moderated by


Helena Truchlá

Czech journalist. Since 2018, she has been an editor of the Foreign Affairs section of Aktuálně.cz online daily. She focuses on European affairs and events in Germany. She writes about the outlooks of Czech and European energy management and environmental issues, and also writes texts about Western Balkan countries. Previously, she contributed to Hospodářské noviny daily and selected German media. She studied Economics and Political Science in Brno, Berlin, Bordeaux and Edinburgh. She is a contributor to Aktuálně.cz's Chudé Česko 2021 project, a series of reports, interviews and analyses focusing on social inequality and hidden poverty.


In cooperation with Aktuálně.cz.

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