Documentarian Anna Kryvenko offers an unusual perspective on the 1968 occupation of Czechoslovakia. She conceived “My Unknown Soldier” as an audio-visual diary, through which she revisits the events of the time with rare archive material and her own commentary. Her great-uncle was a soldier in the occupying forces; he committed suicide shortly after his return from Czechoslovakia. Kryvenko’s own Ukrainian origin earns her first-hand experience of the Czechs’ deep-seated hatred of Russian-speaking people. The film therefore casts light on another unfortunate legacy of the August 1968 events in contemporary Czech, but also Ukrainian and Russian society.
In collaboration with Ji.hlava IDFF
First Lights JIDFF programme section
In presence of director Anna Kryvenko
My Unknown Soldier - Anna Kryvenko (2018)
11/2 – 19u30
79’ – OVEN