Helena’s Law

DOCUMENTARY
RUNNING TIME 78 MIN

PREMIERE: 20TH JIHLAVA INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL

IN CO-PRODUCTION WITH FAMU AND CZECH TV
SUPPORTED BY CZECH FILM FUND

WRITER AND DIRECTOR: PETRA NESVAČILOVÁ
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: KLÁRA BELICOVÁ
EDITOR: JOSEF KRAJBICH
SOUND DESIGNER: LADISLAV GREINER
PRODUCER: KLÁRA ŽALOUDKOVÁ

Young actress and documentary director Petra Nesvacilova, decided in her most recent film to focus on police detective, Helena Kahnova, who, with a colleague, managed to send to prison in the 1990´s several dozen people in the so-called Berdych Gang case – including  Berdych himself. In total, the sentences meted out came to hundreds of years – the policewoman, as an extra work bonus, received 10 000 Czech crowns (roughly 300 GBP) and a promotion which was revoked soon afterwards. In completing the film the director managed to establish a working relationship with Berdych himself and former members of his gang. What motivates a woman police officer to stand up to a mafia and what motivates a young documentary film-maker to make contact with this mafia and shoot a film about them?