28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Son of a Public Enemy
Son of a Public Enemy
Son of a Public Enemy
Son of a Public Enemy
Son of a Public Enemy

Son of a Public Enemy

director: Eva Tomanová
original title: Syn nepřítele státu
country: Czech Republic
year: 2022
running time: 54 min.


The year 2022 marks the 70th anniversary of one of the most extensive, infamous trials in post-war Czechoslovakia. Fourteen accused communist functionaries stood before the Supreme Court in Prague. Among them was Otto Šling. The court sentenced eleven to death, forfeiture of property, and loss of honorary civil rights. All defendants waived their right to appeal. Karel Šling is the last direct descendant of all eleven executed. Even at 75, he doesn't give a happy and composed impression. He is still dealing with traumas that he had and could not have had any influence over.


Eva Tomanová graduated from the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University. From 1999 she worked as a reporter and later as a director at TV Nova and TV Barrandov. After that, she started to work exclusively as a director. She made a series of documentaries for Febio and documentaries and reports for Czech Television. Her documentary Always Together was screened at IDFA.

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director: Eva Tomanová
producer: Alena Müllerová
script: Eva Tomanová
photography: Edita Kainrathová, Ferdinand Mazúrek
editing: Michal Novák
sound: Lukáš Kosek, Matouš Sýs, František Šec, Ivan Horák
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