Festival Launch & Film: Věra 68
September 02, 2021, 7:45 PM
The Embassy of the Czech Republic will launch the Mutual Inspirations Festival with the screening of documentary director Olga Sommerová's Věra 68 on September 2, 2021, at 7:45 pm, on the big screen outside the Embassy. Delve into the life of this remarkable athlete as well as learn about other planned activities for the festival!
The film reveals the incredible life story of our festival personality - Olympic champion Věra Čáslavská, voted the world's second most popular woman after Jackie Kennedy in 1968. The blonde bombshell gymnast shot to fame in 1964 after winning three gold medals at the Tokyo Olympics. She won four more gold medals during the games in Mexico City in 1968. That very year, the Soviets invaded Czechoslovakia and all eyes were on her as the Soviet anthem played while she was on the podium. A simple act of protest changed her life forever. Despite her enormous fame, she was reduced to cleaning houses. Following the Velvet Revolution, she became the President of the Czech Olympic Committee and served as an advisor to late President Václav Havel.Venture into the life of an Olympic legend - Věra Čáslavská. (Dir. Olga Sommerová, 2012, 90 minutes, Czech with English subtitles)
Date: September 2, 2021, at 7:45 pm
Venue: Embassy of the Czech Republic
3900 Spring of Freedom Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Attire: Dress for the weather as the screening will be outside.
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To enter, you must wear a mask. At its discretion, the Embassy may take your temperature upon arrival. No large bags are allowed. Small purses may be checked as you pass through security for entrance. RSVP confirmation and photo ID required.
Parking: Non-metered parking is available on Spring of Freedom Street and Tilden Street.
Closest Metro: The Embassy is about a 15-20 minute walk from the Van Ness Metro Station.