Throughout her life, Dana Němcová has been known as a psychologist, a dissident, a human rights defender, an MP, a cleaner, a caretaker, a prisoner, as well as the mother of seven children.
She was born on 14th January 1934 into a family of teachers in the Sudeten borderland. In the 1950s she studied psychology at Charles University. After the 1968 Soviet invasion she spent several months in Austria, but eventually returned home. In the following years, Němcová devoted herself to motherhood, giving birth to seven children in eleven years. In 1977, she was one of the first signatories of Charter 77 and became its spokeswoman. She spent several months in jail for alleged subversion of the state. In 1990, Němcová co-founded the Civic Forum and worked briefly as a member of the Federal Assembly. Her greatest passion has always been public service and she has spent her life helping refugees and wrongly prosecuted people. She is the chairwoman of the board of the Committee of Good Will - Olga Havel's Foundation.
The Faithful I Remain website captures authentic and unique testimonies from witnesses of Palach’s sacrifice and presents fascinating stories from people who were inescapably affected by political trials, Soviet occupation and the subsequent “normalization”.
We invited publicly known figures to share their recollections of an historic and challenging time, resulting in a series of interviews full of intimate memories, experiences and impressions that illustrate critical turning points in the period of Communist rule.
The website was created by 2FRESH for HBO Europe s. r. o. to support the Burning Bush, a three-part drama from world-renowned Polish director Agnieszka Holland.The project was completed with assistance from the Prague City Council and Mayor of Prague MUDr. Bohuslav Svoboda.
HBO Europe's three-part drama Burning Bush, directed by world-renowned Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, premiered on the HBO film channel on 27th January 2013.
Both the most extensive and ambitious project in the history of HBO Europe, the film recalls a period of Czech modern history which had been ignored in Czech cinema until now.
The film begins with the reconstruction of the shocking act of Jan Palach, who set himself on fire on 16 January 1969 in protest against the Soviet occupation
The story follows the young lawyer who represents Jan Palach’s mother against an influential Communist official and serves to describe the transformation of the Czechoslovak society at the time – from the silent protest culminating at Palach’s burial to growing resignation and the upcoming period of “normalization.”