IFI & FESTIVAL OF POLITICS: WHEN THE WAR COMES

Jan Gebert

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At first glance Peter lives the life of a typical European teenager – he lives with his parents, has a pretty girlfriend, he goes to college. However, he is also the head of a paramilitary group called ‘Slovenskí branci’ that recruits hundreds of Slovak teenagers with the silent approval of the authorities. The group’s goal is simple: to prepare for war and create a model community based on military drill, obedience and fear. Peter dreams that one day he will be able to govern the entire society as a great politician. With When the War Comes director Jan Gebert portrays a leader on the rise and touches on the very topical themes of nationalism and the mechanism of power.

Presented in association with the Temple Bar Festival of Politics.

77 mins, 2017, Czech Republic-Croatia, Digital, Subtitled

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