Czech Film Night: Olga


At this event we will focus on the story of Olga Havlová: the wife of screenwriter, dissident, leading figure of the Velvet Revolution and later President of the Czech Republic Václav Havel. Olga was an integral part of Václav's life, supporting him every step of the way. She was a fellow thinker as well as the soul of the dissident movement, organising underground literature and events.

Before the screening there will be a discussion about the political situation in Czechoslovakia in the 1980s and about the role of Olga and Václav Havel in the restoration of independence. The participants in the discussion will be political scientist Juhan Saharov and Czech historian Václav Sixta.  

After the screening, all participants are welcome to attend a small reception at which Czech beer and appetisers will be offered.  

Documentary, 2014 (87 min)
Director: Miroslav Janek
Language: Czech, with English subtitles

Olga Havel was Václav Havel's closest and most reliable partner, a friend who did not spoil fun but invented it, a generous hostess, a passionate player, a mushroom picker, a nature lover, a sharp commentator, a brave and tireless dissident and an underground person. This documentary by Miroslav Janek is a personal portrait of an exceptional personality: Czech First Lady Olga Havlová (1933-96). A distinctive woman, she was known to the public not only as the wife of Václav Havel but also as the founder of the Committee of Good Will or the Olga Havel Foundation. The director does not focus so much on official biographical data but presents unpublished archive footage and photographs along with the personal thoughts and memories of friends and visitors to Prague, including Miloš Forman, Jack Nicholson, Jane Fonda and Ivan M. Havel.

The event will be held in English.

The event is free of charge.

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The event is being supported by the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Estonia.

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