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COMMUNISM AND THE NET OR THE END OF REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY

by Karel Vachek

synopsis

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.

international title: Communism and the Net or the End of Representative Democracy
original title: Komunismus a síť aneb Konec zastupitelské demokracie
country: Czech Republic, Slovakia
year: 2020
genre: documentary
directed by: Karel Vachek
film run: 335'
screenplay: Karel Vachek
cinematography by: Karel Slach
film editing: Helena Papírníková, Renata Pařezová
producer: Mikulas Novotny, Radim Procházka
production: Background Films, Czech Television - Česká televize, atelier.doc, UPP
backing: Czech Film Fund (CZ), Slovak Audiovisual Fund (SK)
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