TITLE: God Forsaken
DIRECTOR: Saša Dlouhý
YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2018
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: Czech Republic
DURATION: 86 min.
The feature documentary film by Saša Dlouhý, God Forsaken (Bohu žel), follows six refugee stories taking place over the course of several years in the Czech Republic. A previous member of the Soviet Socialist Bloc and current member of the European Union, this country expresses almost the greatest opposition to refugees out of all of Europe, despite not having any itself. The level of rejection of migrants, primarily those who are illegal and of Muslim faith, is in direct proportion to the frequency of the topic in the electoral programs of political parties and heads of state. In the film, fortunately just as in reality, this targeted, supported anti-refugee hysteria with the refugee as virtual reality is balanced against the work of humanitarian organizations and the still substantial part of society that refuses to accept hatred as one of its norms. Hatred that flows from fear and ignorance. Hatred that allows us to be manipulated and could turn against any of us tomorrow.
Saša Dlouhý (1971)
Since 2006 Saša has followed his independent films Azores Under Water and Valdez: Whale Paradise with a focus on social documentaries.
In 2012 he was nominated for a Czech Lion Award and the Pavel Koutecky Award, and awarded the Trilobit, for his film Trafacka – Temple of Freedom (directed with Roman Vavra). In 2014 he was nominated for the Pavel Koutecky Award for his documentary about the performer Halka Třešňáková, liebe Indigo, which went on to win the Czech Film and Television Trilobit Award in 2015.
He is a member of the Journalists’ Syndicate of the Czech Republic and the European Film Academy.