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Burning Bush in Israeli cinema

Burning Bush is a three-part mini-series created for HBO by world-renowned Polish director Agnieszka Holland.

Based on real characters and events, this haunting drama focuses on the personal sacrifice of a Prague history student, Jan Palach, who set himself on fire in protest against the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1969. Dagmar Burešová, a young female lawyer, became part of his legacy by defending Jan's family in a trial against the communist government, a regime which tried to dishonour Palach's sacrifice, a heroic action for the freedom of Czechoslovakia. Jan and Dagmar's story is one of basic human values, truth, honour, justice and courage. The fight for freedom, for moral principles, self-sacrifice and protest in those desperate times led tothe moral unification of a repressed nation, which twenty years later defeated the totalitarian regime.

The anniversary of Jan Palach'sdeath inspired a new generation of students to start proteststhat led to the eventual fall of communism in Czechoslovakia, partof the eventual destruction of the Iron Curtain. Lawyer Dagmar Burešová, who spenther life representing dissident opposition leaders, became thefirst Minister of Justice in a free Czechoslovakia.

Screening in Tel Aviv:
4.12 & 7.12. ( at 12:00 / Saturday) in Cinematheque, Shprinzak 2, Tel Aviv