Czech playwright and ex-president Vaclav Havel.
Scene from the film The Art of Dissent
A man on a tank during the1968 russian invasion in Czechoslovakia.
Czech playwright and ex-president Vaclav Havel.
Czech playwright and ex-president Vaclav Havel with Dalai Lama.
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The Art of Dissent

  • United States
  • Czech Republic
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The Art of Dissent celebrates the power of artistic engagement in Czechoslovakia to build a civil society before and after the 1968 Soviet-led invasion. The documentary’s main protagonists—playwright Vaclav Havel, banned singer Marta Kubisova, and underground rock group the Plastic People of the Universe—became the most recognizable dissidents during the 1970s and 1980s. Havel aligned literary, political, philosophical, and rock ’n’ roll forces into a hybrid network that eventually toppled the totalitarian regime.

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  • Original title
    The Art of Dissent
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    James Dean Le Sueur
  • DOP
    James Dean Le Sueur
  • Editing
    Evženie Brabcová, James Dean Le Sueur
  • Sound
    Petr Sýs
  • Duration
    105 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • United States
    • Czech Republic
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