The year of Czechia in Australia

Thank you for visiting the website of “Czechia in Australia”, managed by the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Canberra.

2020 is here, and we have called it “Czechia in Australia 2020” in commemoration of 100 years since the foundation of diplomatic relations between the former Czechoslovak Republic and by extension its successor states, today’s Czech Republic (and Slovak Republic), and the Commonwealth of Australia.

100 years ago this year, our first diplomatic representation in Australia, the Consulate in Sydney was opened, which continued during World War II, the post-war period and to this day.

This website aims to commemorate 100 years of this history, shine light on everything that Czechs have achieved and the mark they left on this distant continent, as well as to bring you current information about the entire project Czechia in Australia 2020.

It is our belief, that these pages will bring joy to friends and enthusiasts of the Czech Republic in Australia, as well as to fans of Australia in the Czech Republic.

Tomáš Dub
Ambassador of the Czech Republic in Australia

The Art of Dissent

James Dean Le Sueur | United States | 2020 | 105min | Color | Documentary | Drama

Spectacular documentary on the Czechoslovakian dissent, currently screening on the Rhode Island Festival !!

Directed, written, narrated, and filmed by James Dean Le Sueur. Love, tolerance and creative freedom aren't just for fairytales.

"The Art of Dissent" celebrates the power of artistic engagement in Czechoslovakia before and after the 1968 Soviet-led invasion. The documentary's main protagonists – Václav Havel, banned singer Marta Kubišová, and the underground rock group the Plastic People of the Universe – became the most recognizable dissidents during the 1970-80s. Havel fused literary, rock n' roll, political, and philosophical worlds into a hybrid network that eventually toppled the totalitarian regime.

A co-production of NUtech Ventures in at the University of Nebraska and Czech TV in Prague, "The Art of Dissent" combines rare archival footage with interviews filmed over three years in the Czech Republic, England, and the United States. Production began with his film partner and producer, Mariana Čapková, and then Le Sueur worked on closely on the movie with Alena Jirásek (researcher and translator), Susan Pahlke (researcher and second camerawoman), and Martin Bouda (Czech TV film archivist) to weave historical footage and contemporary interviews into a unique and compelling interplay. The final version of the movie was produced by FRMOL Productions in Prague. The film celebrates the power and courage of dissent to build tolerance, truth and civil society. Official Website: theartofdissentfilm.com Follow the Film on Facebook @ facebook.com/theartofdissentfilm Follow Film on [email protected] twitter.com/artdissent More on the director: jameslesueur.com Facebook

The documentary is being screened within the Rhode International Film Festival, on-line until August 16, 2020. You can watch it below!
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