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23rd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Jacques Rupnik and guests on Central Europe


Jacques Rupnik has had a strong bond with the Czech Republic not only as a journalist and political scientist specializing in Central Europe – he is the son of a French mother and Slovenian father and lived in Prague until he was 15. This September, he has published the Czech translation of his book Central Europe is Like a Bird With Eyes in the Back of its Head, dealing with the Czech past and present in the context of Central Europe and Europe. Rupnik studied at the Sorbonne and Harvard; he worked as an expert on Eastern Europe for the BBC World Service, adviser to President Václav Havel, and professor at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris. After his keynote speech, Jacques Rupnik, film director Robert Sedláček and historian and teacher Jiří Hanuš will discuss current Central Europe, new interpretations of its historical roots and connections, the crossroads Central Europe is facing these days, its turbulent politics, its divided societies, and France.


Jacques Rupnik

French political scientist and historian focusing on Central and Eastern Europe. He is professor at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, and research director at the Fondation des Sciences Politiques in Paris. From 1977 to 1982 he was editor for BBC World Service in London and from 1990 to 1992 worked as advisor to President Václav Havel.


Jiří Hanuš

Czech historian. Expert in 19th-century history, history of historiography and history of Christianity. He works at the Historical Institute and Centre for Democracy and Culture Studies. He has held a Professor chair since 2010. He teaches at Philosophical Faculty, Masaryk University in Brno.


Robert Sedláček

Czech director and screenwriter of documentaries and feature films. He made his debut with the feature film Pravidla lži (Rules of Lies, 2006), awarded with the Czech Lion for Best Screenplay. He also directed the documentary series České století (The Czech Century), written by writer Paul Kosatík for the Czech Television, about historical events between 1918 and 1992.


Moderated by: Petr Fischer
Czech journalist. His journalism earned him the Rudolf Medek Prize (2010) and the Ferdinand Peroutka Prize (2012). He was the main commentator for Lidové noviny, worked for the Czech BBC and headed the cultural sections of Hospodářské noviny and Czech TV, both for three years. Czech TV also broadcast his show “Konfrontace Petra Fischera”.

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