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The MENE TEKEL festival programme

The theme of the 10th MENE TEKEL festival - Youth in times of unfreedom

Monday 22nd February

13.00 — The Church of our Lady of the Snows, Prague 1, Jungmannovo náměstí

The opening of the inter-generation exhibition project Kde domov můj… (Where is my home…)

15.00 The Church of our Lady of the Snows, Prague 1, Jungmannovo náměstí

The official opening of the 10th MENE TEKEL Festival

Performances of the Mukl’s hymn and the verses of Jiří Herzinger.

Followed by a classical chamber concert by the Trio Cantabile — Dagmar Vaňkátová (soprano), Hana Jouzová (harp), Václav Kunt (flute).

18.00 Cinema Mat, Prague 2, Karlovo náměstí 19

Footsteps in the Snow (Stopy v snehu)

Documentary, Slovakia.
Story by Ondrej Krajňák, written and directed by Slavomír Zrebný.
Production and distribution: The Slovakian Institute of National remembrance

Czech premiere

Presented by the creative delegation and one of the main protagonists Mr. Branislav Borovský.

A documentary about smuggling literature into Czechoslovakia in times of unfreedom.

Three friends start smuggling literature through the mountains, in 1983 they get arrested and sentenced.

The film analyses the literature smuggling phenomenon and shows the motivation of the people, that risked their own freedom, in order to help the inner freedom and knowing of others.

 

Tuesday 23rd February

School programme

In cooperation with the Minor Theatre

9.30 Minor Theatre, Prague 1, Vodičkova 6

How the roosters coloured the world (Jak kohouti obarvili svět)

A story about a family, that is unwillingly torn apart — the father is led to prison and the mother is left alone with children. A story about the regime resistance, the absurd rules and the unrighteous repressions.

18.30 Ponrepo Cinema, Bartolomějská 11, Prague 1

A Day for Latvia

Under the patronage of H. E. Mr. Alberts Sarkanis, the Latvian ambassador to the Czech Republic.

Little Birds of God (Dieva putnini, 2015, 90 minutes)

Czech premiere

Directed and produced by Dzintra Geka.

Before the end of the 2nd World War, it was already expected that Latvia will again be occupied by the Soviet army. Approximately 150 thousand Latvians fled to Germany. When Latvia gained their independency again, part of emigrants returned, but others stayed scattered around the world.

The newest documentary from Dzintra Geka shows the moving stories of the returnees.

Presented by the author of the film and the creative delegation.

 

Wednesday 24th February

10.00 Ponrepo Cinema, Bartolomějská 11, Prague 1

School programme

Footsteps in the Snow (Stopy v snehu)

Documentary, Slovakia.
Story by Ondrej Krajňák, written and directed by Slavomír Zrebný.
Production and distribution: The Slovakian Institute of National remembrance

A documentary about smuggling literature into Czechoslovakia in times of unfreedom.

Three friends start smuggling literature through the mountains. In 1983 they get arrested and sentenced. The court process was subject to an international uproar, that even US president Ronald Reagan took part in.

The film analyses the literature smuggling phenomenon and shows the motivation of the people, that risked their own freedom, in order to help the inner freedom and knowing of others.

Presented by the creative delegation and one of the main protagonists Mr. Branislav Borovský. Followed by Q&A session.

17.00 The Austrian Cultural forum in Prague, Prague 1, Jungmannovo nám.

Book presentation

Gerhard Scholten: Zwischen allen Lagern: Leben in einer Zeit des Wahnsinns („Between all the Camps: Life in Times, that went insane”)

The faith of the author of this book is a unique concentrated example of how the political and social tendencies of the Czech history in the mid 20th century effected people, that were mistreated because of their race, nationality or wealth.

19.00 Ponrepo Cinema, Bartolomějská 11, Prague 1

A Day for Ukraine

Famine-33 (Golod’33, Ukraine, 1991, 115 minutes, Czech subtitles)

Czech premiere

Under the patronage o H.E. Mr. Borys Zaychuk, Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Czech republic.

The official introduction of the film, with the presence of the director Oles Yanchuk.

The film shows the terrible years of the 1930s famine through the eyes of one family, of which nobody survived the apocalyptic situation.

The unique picture won the main award at the National Film Festival in Kiev and was introduced at the AFI International festival in Los Angeles and the Film Forum in New York.

 

Thursday 25th February

Under the patronage of the vice-chairman of the Czech republic Senate MUDr. Přemysl Sobotka. In cooperation with the Prague Academic Club 48. 

10.30 Memorial plaque Nerudova ulice, Prague 1

Commemoration of the 68th anniversary of the student march for freedom and democracy on the 25th February 1948. 

11.30 Hradčanské nám., Prague 1

Laying the flowers of unity at the statue of T. G. Masaryk.

13.00 The main hall of the Senate, Valdštejnské nám., Prague 1

Youth in Times of Unfreedom — International Conference

Hosted by PhDr. Petr Kostka.

Attended by: Academic painter Helga Hošková-Weiss, a witness of holocaust; MUDr. Naděžda Kavalírová, a witness of persecution in the 50s; PhDr. Martin Boštík, historian and the author of the study of the Litomyšl youth process; Dr. Volodymyr Vyatrovych, director of the National Remembrance Institute, Ukraine; Mgr. Michal Urban, director of the youth department of the Education, Youth & Sports Ministry.

The conference will include the presenting of the MEMORY FRAGMENTS awards, that are awarded in form of a SYMPOSION-FP scholarship, that is awarded to those who actively remind of socially serious matters in their own works.

18.30 Ponrepo Cinema, Bartolomějská 11, Prague 1

A Day for Ukraine

Under the patronage of H.E. Boris Zaychuk, Ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Ukraine to the Czech republic.

Attended by director Oles Yanchuk.

The Company of Heroes (Zalizna Sonia, Ukraine, 2004, 97 minute, Czech subtitles)

Directed by Oles Yanchuk

The heroes of the film, based on actual events, were young Ukrainians who volunteered for the UPA. The authors of the film did not intend to show only the heroism of that time. The subplot of the film is to present the concept that even in war, under extreme conditions, in the midst of dirt, blood and death, a human being can remain human, maintaining a strong ethic, dignity and morality. And a human being is also capable of love irrespective of the nearness of death at every corner.

 

Friday 26th February

10.00 Ponrepo Cinema, Bartolomějská 11, Prague 1

School programme

Testimonies of the daughters of political prisoners

Between 1948-1989, over 248 thousand innocent people were sentenced to imprisonment due to political reasons. Not only were the prisoners themselves suffering, but also their families, that were subject to persecution, pursuit and discrimination. Family properties were stolen, children were taken away from parents, traditional social connections were ruined and human rights were trampled upon.

Presenting their testimonies will be the members of the “Dcery” (“Daughters”) association, that focuses on telling the stories of the children, whose parents were persecuted based on the communist laws, stalin doctrines and etc.

17.00 Vinohrady Theatre, Prague 2

The Lady, Lord and Maecenas of Czech Culture award ceremony

In cooperation with the MENE TEKEL project, the minister of culture Daniel Herman will award the resort awards to those artists whose paths were violently interrupted by the totalitarian power, and those who where persecuted and deprived of civil rights due to their unbreakable moral stances.

Awards will also be presented to those, who support arts, culture and education in the means of our national spiritual, democratic and cultural spirits.

19.00 Vinohrady Theatre, Prague 2

Theatre: HAŠLER …

The directorial debut of the principal, Tomáš Töpfer, aims to entertain with songs, sang by a fifth generation, but also surprise with the dramatic story of their creator.

Starring Petr Rychlý.

 

Saturday 27th February

14.00 The jury hall of the High court in Pankrác, Prague 4

Under the patronage of JUDr. Jaroslav Bureš, the chairman of the High court in Prague.

Reconstruction of the “Stříteský and co.” Litomyšl monster-process

The final seminar of the Charles university Law faculty students, led by the Law faculty dean JUDr. Jan Kuklík.

Written and directed by Mgr. Jan Řeřicha.

Expert cooperation: PhDr. Alena Šimánková, PhDr. Aleš Kýr and Alena Kafková.

This year’s festival theme is also projected to the case selection — the main protagonists are the students of Litomysl schools, which refused the politicisation of the “Junák” (Scouts) and other brutal interference with basic human rights after the emergence of the communist regime. With help of the respected social character F. A. Stříteský, the rector of the piarist schooling Litomysl, they were publicly showing their objections to the undemocratic progress after February 1948, which brought them to the attention of the state security services. The result was a official charge of 24 people for associating with each other and others in order to destroy or subvert the people’s democratic system guaranteed by the constitution”. The youngest of the minors was 16 years old.

Reconstructed with the help of the National Archives, The Security Services Archives, the historical study by PhDr. Martin Boštík — “Stříteský and co.” Monster-process, and the memories of the direct participants of the process.

16.30 The Pankrác Prison hall, Prague 4

Short commemoration ceremony at the nazi and communist totality victims memorial plaque.

18.00 MANA Theatre in Vršovice, Moskevská 967/34, Prague 10

A musical performance of the Missa — Karel Kryl revival

The seven-piece group Missa was established in May 1999. The name of the band is inspired by the biblical Ite, missa est”, in other words Go, you have been sent”.

The performances are accompanied by projections, verses and current comments.

The band has already performed more than 200 times, and released two CDs (2002 and 2009). The band is led by Jan Tomsa, and his guests are: Martin Rubáš, Lenka Smejkalová, Madla Vachulová, Dana Klásková, Michael Plachý, Iva Kolářová.

 

Sunday 28th February

14.00 The St. Vitus Cathedral, Prague Castle

The traditional closing ceremony of Mene Tekel festival — an ecumenic mass for the executed, tortured and deceased political prisoners.

Prepared in cooperation with the Ecumenic Council of Churches, The Prague Archbishopric, The Czech Confederation of Political Prisoners, the cathedral choirs and it’s soloists.

The mass will be lead by cardinal Dominik Duka, preached by Mons. Václav Malý.

The mass will also be accompanied by a performance of the Mixed singing choir of the Czech Technical University and the Lilium concert choir of the B. Smetana Elementary art school in Litomyšl.

 

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The Kde domov můj… (Where is my home…) exhibition in the Church of our Lady of the Snows will be running until the 3rd of March. Open daily from 10:00 to 18:00. Free entrance.