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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Stories of 20th Century - Frontier Guards
Stories of 20th Century - Frontier Guards
Stories of 20th Century - Frontier Guards
Stories of 20th Century - Frontier Guards
Stories of 20th Century - Frontier Guards
Stories of 20th Century - Frontier Guards
Stories of 20th Century - Frontier Guards

Stories of 20th Century - Frontier Guards

director: Radim Špaček
original title: Příběhy 20. století II - Pohraničníci
country: Czech Republic
year: 2019
running time: 26 min.

synopsis

In December 1989, the "Iron Curtain" that separated the Soviet Bloc from the Western world fell. Cutting the wires from the previously impenetrable borders is probably the most memorable symbol of the continent’s newly acquired freedom. But how did the former Border Patrol Officers see the events at the time? Their main task was not to patrol the borders against dangers from the outside world, but rather to hunt down citizens from Czechoslovakia and other countries of the Soviet Bloc who were trying to escape into the democratic world.  

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director: Radim Špaček
producer: Martina Šantavá
script: Adam Drda
photography: Martin Šesták, Robert Portel, Jan Vlnas
editing: Adam Patyk
sound: Adam Levý

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section: Czech Television Documentaries
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section: Czech Television Documentaries
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section: Czech Television Documentaries
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section: Czech Television Documentaries
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International Premiere
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section: Czech Television Documentaries
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