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What do Slovaks dream about?

IN the documentary Cesta za snom (In Pursuit of a Dream), shown on the Slovak Television station on May 31, documentary filmmaker Jaro Vojtek examined what Slovaks are dreaming about 17 years after the fall of communism.

Vojtek travelled the country, posing the question to pensioners, intellectuals, workers and students, and interspersing their answers with interviews with Eugen Gindl, one of the personalities of November 17, 1989, psychiatrist Dušan Fabián and his son Filip, the director of a reality show.

Most people seemed taken aback by the question and almost none gave an immediate answer. Some reported dreaming about going on holiday, having more money or a motorbike, or their wish for a healthy family or a good job. Others said they dream about getting a meaningful job.

Some answers were funny. "A rough question," responded a young man sitting in a garden. Or the priest who dreams of having an autographed photo of Mike Oldfield. The documentary shows it is not an easy question to answer.

In the end, Vojtek felt his documentary gave a bleak view of Slovakia as a country without vision. "In spite of its humor, my film is actually quite sad," he told the SME daily. "But I believe that it will at least start us along the path, and at the end we will say to ourselves: Are we really completely mad?"

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