|Original title:||The Burning Bush|
|Format:||3 x two hours, HD|
|Directed by:||Agnieszka Holland (IN DARKNESS, BURNING BUSH)|
|Produced by:||HBO Europe, Nut Produkce and Etamp Film Production
Executive producers HBO - Antony Root, Tereza Polachová
Producers nutprodukce - Tomáš Hrubý, Pavla Kubecková
Director of Photgraphy - Martin Štrba
Editor - Pavel Hrdlicka
Sound - Petr Cechák
Costume designer - Katarína Hollá
Production designer - Milan Býcek
Line producer Etamp - Jan Bílek
Make-up artist - Zdenek Klika
Music composer - Antoni Komasa-Lazarkiewicz
Burning Bush50th Anniversary of the Prague Spring 1968
Based on actual events. Directed by Academy Award nominee Agnieszka Holland (In Darkness).
January 16th, 1969. University student Jan Palach sets himself on fire in Prague‘s Wenceslas Square in protest against the Soviet occupation. Fearing public unrest, Police Major Jireš starts an investigation into whether Jan was part of an organized group, and if others will soon follow in his footsteps. Defense attorney Dagmar Burešová is defending leaders of the student movement, who are preparing for the general strike to support Jan's protest. When Jan dies in the hospital, his funeral becomes the last massive act of public defiance against the occupation.Fearful of a popular uprising, the pro-Soviet government tries to discredit Jan's sacrifice, with communist MP Vilém Nový publicly stating that Jan‘s death was intended merely to be a staged act, organized by foreign secret services. Dagmar Burešová is asked byJan's mother and brother to represent them in court and sue Vilém Nový for defamation. That means officially accusing the pro-soviet government of lying…Dagmar forges ahead, but keeps running up against a wall of silence in her search for witnesses: the people are frightened of reprisals. Jan's mother is tormented by anonymous phone calls, and even Dagmar's husband, a hospital pediatrician, is fired from his post... Nový succeeds in having the trial repeatedly postponed; eight months after Jan's death, it finally begins. Dagmar doesn't know how the trial will end, but she does know that it will demand a great personal sacrifice from her.
BURNING BUSH is a three-part film created for HBO by world-renowned Polish director Agnieszka Holland. Based on real characters and events, this haunting drama focuses on the personal sacrifice of a Prague history student, Jan Palach, who set himself on fire in protest against the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1969.
Dagmar Burešová, a young female lawyer, became part of his legacy by acting for Jan's family in the legal case against the communist government, a regime which tried to dishonor Palach's sacrifice, a heroic action for the freedom of Czechoslovakia. Jan and Dagmar's story is one of basic human values, truth, honor, justice and courage. The fight for freedom and moral principles in those desperate times led to the moral unification of a repressed nation, which twenty years later defeated the totalitarian regime. The anniversary of Jan Palach's death inspired a new generation of students to start protests that led to the eventual fall of communism in Czechoslovakia, part of the eventual destruction of the Iron Curtain.
Lawyer Dagmar Burešová, who spent her life representing dissident opposition leaders, became the first Minister of Justice in a free Czechoslovakia.
Three part event