Burning Bush, 2014

In protest of the Soviet occupation, Jan Palach, a student of the Charles University’s Faculty of Arts, set himself on fire in Prague’s Wenceslas Square on the 16th of January 1969, and died four days later. Through the story of the brave defense attorney Dagmar Buresova, who defended Palach’s legacy in a doomed lawsuit, the film examinesIn protest of the Soviet occupation, Jan Palach, a student of the Charles University’s Faculty of Arts, set himself on fire in Prague’s Wenceslas Square on the 16th of January 1969, and died four days later. Through the story of the brave defense attorney Dagmar Buresova, who defended Palach’s legacy in a doomed lawsuit, the film examines the transformations taking place in Czechoslovak society after the invasion of the armies of the Warsaw Pact in August of 1968. It depicts the beginnings of Czech and Slovak resistance against the occupation, which reached its apex with the mass protests during Palach’s funeral. It also shows the nation’s gradual resignation under the pressure of fear and harsher persecution. [Kino Lorber]… Expand

 

 

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