Scene from the film Návraty/Returns
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“My wife Lidka is an American, as are our sons Myko and Marko. Their grandparents are Slovaks and Ukrainians. The older, Myko, will play lacrosse for the Slovak national team this year. Grandpa Michael wants the younger one, Marko, to learn to play Slovak folk songs on saxophone. Myko studied in Lviv in Ukraine last year where he learned to write his name in the Cyrillic alphabet. Marko and Lidka visited the Carpathian mountains in Ukraine from where they headed to Bratislava. We live in Syracuse, New York state. So, make your choice. I am trying to make our sons know their terra firma across the big puddle. Yet it is up to them what they will find close to their hearts. I am always happy when they feel it right. I have a lovely experience from a few years ago when we visited Marek Šulík in Vishtuk. We were barbecuing some bacon in the garden. When we prayed in the evening, Myko said: “Dear Lord, thank you for having invented bacon.” When Slovakia recently lost the hockey match to the USA, we were very sad. Our sons are Americans, but it does not prevent them from thinking of themselves as Slovaks or Ukrainians. While our neighbours travel to Cape Cod for the summer, we trot off to Bratislava or Kryvorinya.”

What is “Slovakia”? How to explain the notion of “Slovakia” of the past 20 years to an unknown stranger, a visitor from another planet? What is the genetic makeup or the software for “Slovakia”? How to use it? How does it change?

Slovakia 2.0 is a film about twenty years of independent Slovakia as seen from the perspective of ten film directors. It is composed of ten 10-minute films of different genres ranging from drama, through animation and documentaries, to experimental film. The ten recognised film directors who offer an answer to what is Slovakia include a wide range of generations, views and genres, namely Juraj Herz, Martin Šulík, Peter Kerekes, Zuzana Liová, Mišo Suchý, Ondrej Rudavský, Iveta Grófová, Peter Krištúfek, Viera Čákanyová, and Miro Jelok.

The result is unique artistic reflection of contemporary history of Slovakia and, equally, a reflection of Slovak cinematography in its different forms.

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