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by Tomaš Kratochvil


Štefan Pongo is a Roma lorry driver. Fifteen years ago, he emigrated from the Czech Republic to the UK with his family to shield them from the open racial discrimination there. The children have since graduated from university and the family is doing well. Mission complete. But when the Czech president claims that the Roma are work-shy, an angry Štefan asks other Roma to send him photographs on social media of them at work. Štefan receives thousands of photos and becomes a well-known media figure. He starts producing video blogs, organizes anti-racism demonstrations and provides humanitarian aid to Roma settlements in need. He establishes a civic association and fights online battles with the ‘haters’. All this comes at the cost of time spent with his family. Štefan’s spirited wife, Iveta, has had enough. Will this prominent Roma lorry driver be able to restore some harmony back into his life?

international title: Pongo Calling
original title: Pongo Calling
country: Czech Republic, Slovakia, United Kingdom
sales agent: Impronta Films
year: 2023
genre: documentary
directed by: Tomaš Kratochvil
film run: 78'
screenplay: Tomaš Kratochvil
film editing: Marek Bihuň
producer: Barbara Janišová Feglová, Radim Procházka
production: Kuli Film, Hitchhiker Cinema

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