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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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The People’s Militia
The People’s Militia
The People’s Militia

The People’s Militia

director: Jan Rousek
original title: Lidové milice
country: Czech Republic
year: 2018
running time: 52 min.

synopsis

A look at a forgotten chapter in modern Czech history. The “armed fist of the working class,” formed from various factory guard units on the instigation of the Czechoslovak Communist Party, began operating under the guidance of the Central Union Committee in May 1945. After the communist takeover in 1948, the People’s Militia was sent upon orders of the Communist Party to “defend” the borders or to act against students, farmers, the church, demonstrators protesting the currency reform. Their actions against anti-regime gatherings in 1969 resulted in several deaths. They also acted brutally during the demonstrations in Prague in 1988 and 1989.

more about film

director: Jan Rousek
producer: Petr Kubica
script: Jan Rousek
photography: Jan Rousek
editing: Jan Rousek
sound: Jiří Mach, Martin Kuhn, Jan Rousek

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