Media Innovation Technology Series: Helena Třeštíková, film screening of Katka

Come to the screening of the award-winning documentary film Katka, meet the Director Helena Třeštíková and take part in a Q&A session.

Join online for this special screening and Director Q&A by using this webinar link: https://praguecityuniversity-cz.zoom.us/j/96032889666

Helena’s film Katka is an extraordinarily raw and uncensored character portrait of a troubled young woman living on the edge of human existence, desperately searching for love and salvation. Will she find it in the rehab? Will she find it in the arms of the man she loves? Or in the first cry of her long-desired baby? Tagging along with her through the back streets and squalors of Prague, Trestikova gets deep under the skin of a person most of us would cross the road to avoid, and shows us Katka’s profoundly human face. You might be angry with Katka, or your heart may go out to her. One thing is certain – you will never forget her.

Helen grew up in Prague’s Wenceslas square in a cultural and inspirational environment. She graduated during the Prague Spring and moved to Western Germany in 1968. While her parents visited her in Bonn, the Warsaw pact armies marched to Czechoslovakia. After returning from Germany she worked as a production assistant. In September 1969 she began documentary movie studies at FAMU. Society was going through a phase of disillusionment and depression. She searched for a theme to explore in such difficult times and was interested in the development of human characters and lives over a long-term period. In 1980 she began the Marriage etudes; following several husbands for six years. Using this method she also shot her other documentaries. Amongst the most famous are Katka, René, Marcela, Mallory and Lída Baarová – Destruction by beauty. She has won numerous awards for her documentaries and currently teaches at the FAMU.