24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
A Strange Show Business: Normalization, Pop, and Propaganda in Czechoslovakia, 1969–1979
This workshop by Pavel Klusák is a journey into the Normalization-era 1970s, with a focus on that part of popular culture that fulfilled the regime’s propagandistic needs. This chapter of modern Czechoslovak history remains current today as historical experience, warning, and grotesque. The audiovisual archives are presented by music journalist Pavel Klusák.
Pavel Klusák has a long-running interest in the subject of Czechoslovak popular culture under Normalization. His series A Strange Show Business was created in 2018 for Czech Radio. The workshop is inspired by the series.