A time-lapse documentary was shot over thirteen years. The film present former prisoners of the communist hard labor camp Vojna near Příbram, as well as its former warders. A court trial from the transformation era frames the opening of an outdoor Memorial Vojna, and other political events from recent years.
This is the story of an unusual man. The story of an artist, a politician, a philosopher and a poet. At the same time it is the story of a man trying to find his way in life, trying to find his identity and meaning of life (but not in the Monty Python’s way). Ivan Hartl officially does not exist. He does not have any travel documents or any other papers to prove his identity. To see him now, looking like an Indian Guru, one could hardly believe this man was one of the 1960th leading figures of the European student movement or a leading Czech dissident later on. Now, easily recognisable around London’s East and West End, he is more involved with the homeless and at the same time with the creation of his special brand of an underground culture than with a classical political movement of any kind.
Across the Borders
The story of a man whose life touched the past and the present of several European countries. An extraordinary artist, a photographer who recorded the early days of the Charter 77 and who in 1981, after he was granted a political asylum in Britain, became a leading theatre photographer for all major British theatre houses and their directors and stars. The theatre director Terry Hands called him “the Cartier-Bresson of theatre photographers”. He was a true work alcoholic and, as such, it was only fitting - he found his death after the day of hard work on another famous London stage – An Old Vic. Some say he was always looking for danger. He was filming Czech dissidents being followed by the secret service. He was photographing the prisons and its dissident inhabitants and so on. On British stage he was famous for his energy and constant movement on rehearsals and during the performances.
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