Film takes hard look at modern Slovak reality

A NEW documentary film by Robert Kirchhoff entitled 'Hey, you Slovaks' presents a mosaic of life stories of people in different parts of Slovakia and comments on their handling the phenomena of the new era.
An old man talking about the past glory of the biggest light bulb factory in Slovakia while showing, as if in pantomime, how the glass was made by hand; an unemployed woman with two children talking about her daily struggle to make it until tomorrow; a man who won the popular 'Who wants to be a millionaire?' television game show and his dilemma about spending the money - these are all parts of Kirchoff's work.

A NEW documentary film by Robert Kirchhoff entitled 'Hey, you Slovaks' presents a mosaic of life stories of people in different parts of Slovakia and comments on their handling the phenomena of the new era.

An old man talking about the past glory of the biggest light bulb factory in Slovakia while showing, as if in pantomime, how the glass was made by hand; an unemployed woman with two children talking about her daily struggle to make it until tomorrow; a man who won the popular 'Who wants to be a millionaire?' television game show and his dilemma about spending the money - these are all parts of Kirchoff's work.

The film shows a harsh reality, which may seem frustrating at first but gives the film credibility. It does not portray the Slovakia of the beautiful High Tatra mountains nor downtown Bratislava with its cafes and restaurants. The filmmakers chose villages or small towns that are often ignored by the media unless a political scandal or a natural catastrophe hits the region.

With much respect, the filmmakers interview a homeless man living under a bridge, yet keeping his dignity. With slight irony, the film documents celebrations of Slovakia's independence with patriotic poems recited and fires burning high.

The film is not the first co-operation between Kirchhoff and the Institute for Public Affairs, which has earlier produced his documentaries about first-time voters and the Roma minority in Slovakia.

Hey, you Slovaks

Film by Robert Kirchhoff on poverty, the shock of capitalism and the path of Slovakia to Europe.
Written and directed by: Robert Kirchhoff.
Photography: Martin Kollár.
Produced by the Institute for Public Affairs and 3S video. Made with financial support from Open Society Institute and Pro Slovakia. VHS/PAL 48 min. Available at www.ivo.sk.Price Sk200 ($7).

Top stories

UPDATED: Report: Slovakia a finalist to host new car plant

SLOVAKIA and Poland are said to be the last two countries competing for a new unspecified car plant while final decision could be made in the summer 2015.

Monk seal, to be seen in a movie at Ekotopfilm/Envirofilm festival in Bratislava and Banská Bystrica

Countrywide events

Tips for events between May 22 and 31, including a concert of top four world/ethno music Slovak bands, a festival of environmental movies, days of architecture, an opera premiere, a literary festival, two markets of…

The TSS team in 2010: from left,bottom row: Jana Liptáková, Beata Balogová, Ján Pallo, Zuzana Vilikovská; top row: Donald Spatz, Tatiana Štrauchová, Marta Fukasová, Michaela Terenzani, Roman Král, Martina Mišíková, Dáša Košútová, Beata Fojtíková, James Thomson

More independent thought and self-confidence for Slovakia

The Slovak Spectator has been covering the development of Slovakia for two decades now. On the occasion of the celebration of its 20th anniversary it surveyed its founder, head of the Petit Press publishing house as…

Asian tourists in Bratislava

Bratislava tourists good for little more than a three hour tour

IN THE tourist season, the Slovak capital is frequently visited by tourists, including Austrians, Americans and tourists from Asia alike. But most stay just long enough for a brief guided tour, and coffee break…

MOST READ ARTICLES


  1. Volkswagen opens state-of-the-art body shop
  2. Levoča altar has been reconstructed to full splendour
  3. Many Slovaks still migrate for work
  4. Young Slovak scientists succeed at International Science Fair in Pittsburgh
  5. Blog: The state of Services for expats in Bratislava
  6. Slovak Božena minesweepers head to Nigeria and Bangladesh
  7. Slovakia will host ice hockey world championship
  8. Russia's Sberbank considers leaving Slovakia
  9. UPDATED: Report: Slovakia a finalist to host new car plant
  10. Slovak aid to Nepal remains grounded
  1. Many Slovaks still migrate for work
  2. Volkswagen opens state-of-the-art body shop
  3. Levoča altar has been reconstructed to full splendour
  4. Blog: The state of Services for expats in Bratislava
  5. Slovakia will host ice hockey world championship
  6. Russia's Sberbank considers leaving Slovakia
  7. 4 things to know when drinking in Slovakia
  8. Young Slovak scientists succeed at International Science Fair in Pittsburgh
  9. Bratislava tourists good for little more than a three hour tour
  10. Slovak Božena minesweepers head to Nigeria and Bangladesh
  1. 4 things to know when drinking in Slovakia
  2. Many Slovaks still migrate for work
  3. Volkswagen opens state-of-the-art body shop
  4. Levoča altar has been reconstructed to full splendour
  5. Slovak Božena minesweepers head to Nigeria and Bangladesh
  6. Young Slovak scientists succeed at International Science Fair in Pittsburgh
  7. Russia's Sberbank considers leaving Slovakia
  8. Slovakia will host ice hockey world championship
  9. Blog: The state of Services for expats in Bratislava
  10. Slovak aid to Nepal remains grounded