James Le Sueur, Samuel Clark Waugh Distinguished Professor of International Relations in and chair of the Department of History, is finishing the production of the documentary film "The Art of Dissent."
The film "celebrates artistic engagement before and after the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia...[and] brings to life the ideas and history of this turbulent era through powerful visuals and a strong narrative."
The production team's goal is to complete the film by August 2019 for entrance in film festivals and broadcast on Czech TV in 2020. A 2019 festival release would commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution and Václav Havel's election as Czechoslovakia's first post-communist president. The film would then be released in theaters in the summer of 2020.
The three-part documentary has been in development for three years and combines rare archival footage from Czech TV with interviews filmed in the Czech Republic, the United States, and England with Havel's prominent friends, colleagues, and family members.
Learn more about the film and how to support it at theartofdissent.com.