Burning Bush  {Horici ker}

Burning Bush
Horici ker

Czech Republic, 2013, 83 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: Poland
Genre/Subjects: Drama, Historical/Period, Thriller, War
Program: Contemporary World Cinema
Language: Czech English Sub-Titles

The screenings occurring on November 12th,13th and 14th are part of a three part viewing experience; to purchase please visit the box-office at the Sie FilmCenter. A Marathon Screening will occur on November 17th and are available for purchase online.

How far would you go to protest injustice? Would you stand in front of a line of oncoming tanks? Would you burn your draft card knowing you may get shot? In 1969, 20-year-old student Jan Palach set himself on fire in Prague’s Wenceslas Square, standing up against the demoralization of the people and complacency that had set in under the Soviet occupation. His suicide note promised that there would be other human torches if their demands for liberty were not met.

Trying to extinguish his martyrdom, and fearing the USSR completely taking control of the government, officials discredited the event as an act staged by Western powers. Palach’s family sued for defamation. His symbolic sacrifice inspired others to muster courage in the face of adversity.

In Burning Bush, we watch as defense lawyer Dagmar Buresova accepts the case despite intimidation by the secret police. She bravely brings to light that although many oppressors operated out of greed and thirst for power, many also feared retribution from the Communist regime. Ultimately the Czech dream of socialism wasn’t realized until 20 years later, with Palach serving as an icon of moral unification during national repression.

As member of a Polish group formed in the 1970s known as “filmmakers of social unrest,” multiple Academy Award nominee Agnieszka Holland expands her political anthology with Burning Bush. This three-part miniseries, filmed for HBO Europe, develops deeper historical detail than a standard feature could. For many of us familiar with the civil unrest only in the U.S. during the 1960s, Burning Bush is as educational as it is captivating.

Feature length: 234 min

In cooperation with Bohemian Productions and Honorary Czech Consulate of Boulder

For information on group rates and community partnerships, please contact Karla Rodriguez at karla@denverfilm.org

DIRECTOR: Agnieszka Holland
Producer: Tomas Hruby, Pavla Kubeckova
Editor: Pavel Hrdlicka
Screenwriter: Stepan Hulik
Cinematographer: Rafal Paradowski, Martin Strba
Principal Cast: Tatiana Pauhofova, Jaroslava Pokorna, Petr Stach, Vojtech Kotek, Patrik Dergel, Martin Huba , Igor Bares

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