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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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The Second Republic
The Second Republic
The Second Republic
The Second Republic

The Second Republic

director: Aleš Koudela
original title: Druhá republika
country: Czech Republic
year: 2018
running time: 52 min.

synopsis

The Second Republic was relatively short-lived. But those few months were one of the most dramatic and important periods in our history. In 1938 in Munich, all the ideals and values on which Czechoslovakia had been built came crumbling down. Czech society ceased to believe in democracy and began to admire authoritarian fascist governments. At the same time, hundreds of thousands of refugees fled the occupied Sudetenland for what remained of the country, but nobody wanted to take them in. The media was subjected to censorship, and an aggressive strain of anti-Semitism appeared among the Czech population. And on top of it all, there were further territorial demands by Germany, Poland, and Hungary, and separatist tendencies in Slovakia.

more about film

director: Aleš Koudela
producer: Lenka Poláková
script: Aleš Koudela, Martin Pekárek
photography: Tomáš Nikel, David Rojíček
editing: Jaromír Vašek
sound: Petr Pokorný, Jakub Krajíček

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