Jiri Menzel’s (Closely Watched Trains, 1966) absurdist satire of authoritarian reeducation manages to combine political critique with audacious celebrations of liberation. While filmed during the Prague Spring of 1968, which saw a loosening of authoritarian controls over Czechoslovakian citizens, by the time of the film’s completion the Soviet Union had invaded the nation.

Part ofĀ Special Program: Creative Freedom Through Cinema

Making Waves continues its special program about the relationship between arts and politics, focusing on film as a propaganda tool and inviting the Czech Republic and Slovakia to join in the conversation. Special screenings of landmark films by Dan Pita, Mircea Veroiu, Stefan Uher and Jiri Menzel will be accompanied by a panel. Presented in partnership with the Romanian National Film Center, Czech Center New York and the Slovak Film Institute, with the leading support of the Trust for Mutual Understanding.