COMMUNISM AND THE NET OR THE END OF (…)

COMMUNISM AND THE NET OR THE END OF REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY

FILM ESSAY BY KAREL VACHEK
RUNNING TIME 335 MIN IN FOUR ACTS

IN CO-PRODUCTION WITH ATELIER.DOC (SLOVAKIA), Czech Television, UPP

SUPPORTED BY CZECH FILM FUND, SLOVAK AUDIOVISUAL FUND

WRITER AND DIRECTOR: KAREL VACHEK
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: KAREL SLACH
EDITING: RENATA PAŘEZOVÁ, HELENA PAPÍRNÍKOVÁ
SOUND: DUŠAN KOZÁK
PRODUCTION MANAGER: KLÁRA ŽALOUDKOVÁ
CO-PRODUCERS: ROBERT KIRCHHOFF, VÍT KOMRZÝ
PRODUCERS: MIKULÁŠ NOVOTNÝ, RADIM PROCHÁZKA

The six-hour essay in four parts examines the history of regimes and revolutions, leaders and martyrs, from a philosophical perspective. The collage of personal memories, staged scenes and archives of collective memory compares the Prague Spring to the Velvet Revolution and shows the exposure, conflict, crisis, and catharsis of the post-communist society. Democracy can be saved through creative laughter, dissolving the untouchability and hypertrophic egos of the representatives of state institutions. The Internet frees the society from representatives of the non-functional connecting link that prevents direct communication between citizens and institutions of power.

“I can see you until I spot you. Once I spot you, I cannot see you anymore.” K. Vachek