The life of Jan Eskymo Welzl (15. 8. 1968 - 19. 9. 1948) was incredibly rich and colourful; he travelled across remote regions following the Trans-Siberian Railway far to the east, managed to reach the remote northern regions and found his way to Alaska where he witnessed the Gold Rush.
Millers from Babice
Seemingly familiar story of murdering communist officials started mass arresting and executions, including ten executed death sentences. However, the truth is different: Mass arresting did not follow the tragedy at school - on the contrary, it preceded it. It was a thoroughly reasoned plan of systematic elimination of inconvenient persons. Authentic testimonies of descendants of the most affected families and their dramatic fates.
My Father: The General
A man who devoted his whole life to the nation was sentenced to death and executed. Was it a just sentence or a judicial political murder? A story of general of the army Heliodor Píka is presented by his son who has been following the injustice done to his father, trying to clear his name.
Ivan, Go Home
During the occupation on August 21st, 1968, some 20 divisions of the Soviet army entered the Czechoslovak territory. Others were ready at the border and were to arrive later. They were three Polish divisions, a Hungarian one and two Bulgarian regiments. The Ostrava TV studio is preparing a great social documentary by director Marcel Petrov, dramaturgist Josef Albrecht and subject author and script writer Luděk Navara. The axis of the documentary is defined by two underlying stories. One of them is the life story of Karel Petržílka from the Milovice military base who ended up in prison and later on the edge of the society for singing the song Ivan, Go Home. The other story is that of Martin Krejza who had to deal with Soviet occupation in the town of Vysoké Mýto and later became its mayor.
Jan Masaryk's Step into Emptiness or the Perfect Crime
On September 14, 2011, 125 years will have passed since the birth of one of the most significant Czechoslovak politicians and diplomats. All his life, he has served his country in various ways, representing one of the most popular personalities primarily of post-war Czechoslovakia. His nature, however, was rather complex. The political steps he took especially towards the end of his career, which ended up by a not completely clarified death, are anything but the firm steps of a convinced democrat. Who was Jan Masaryk? Was he really the "jolly good fellow" he was considered to be both by the nation and the politicians of the West? The death of Jan Masaryk is still a thorny problem of modern Czech history. Although his family perceive his death as a suicide, the verdict of the latest investigation concluded by criminal investigators in 2003 was clear; murder by an unknown culprit. More than twenty years after the fall of the communist regime, researchers and historians are still striving in vain to get access to the secret documents in Russia. "Why do they keep them under lock and key? Those who have a clear conscience don't have to hide anything," agree the survivors and expert witnesses from various fields in the documentary.
The Delayed East
When you say the date the 17th of November 1989, the most people will recall the snapshots from Národní třída in Prague, where the policemen beat hundreds of people, that were taking part on the peaceful demonstration. The people will also recall the St. Venceslav´s square, Václav Havel, together with Karel Kryl and Marta Kubišová, singing on the balcony of the Melantirch in Prague or a million of people on Letná. Very few people would recall the situation on the places, that were strong under the influence of the communist party. In the regions, that are too far to reach from Prague and where also the dissidents had much harder life, than in the capital city. Ostrava and the whole north Moravian region and Silesia were such places. The revolution´s beginning had a very slow progress here. The documentary film „The delayed east“ is about those places.
The Delayed Exit
While Prague resonated with freedom and hope immediately following 17 November 1989, the communists in northern Moravia didn’t want to relinquish power so easily. The steel heart of the country – Ostrava was seen as a communist stronghold. This documentary is about how the Velvet Revolution gathered momentum in this area.