The Embassy of the Czech Republic invites you to the screening of the moving documentary film Věra 68 by Czech documentary filmmaker Olga Sommerová on October 6, at 6 pm.
The film reveals the incredible life story of 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. Her life story reflects the situation in Czech society, both during the communist regime and after 1989. Delve into the life of an Olympic legend - Věra Čáslavská, truly unique and remarkable. (Dir. Olga Sommerová, 2012, 90 minutes, Czech with English subtitles)
Like Martina Navrátilová, Věra Čáslavská was a huge athlete. Both lived in a totalitarian society that limited the pursuit of their dreams. Martina essentially escaped the clutches of the communist by defecting to the United States to pursue her passion for tennis. Věra returned to Czechoslovakia after the Olympics and endured harsh criticism and punishment for a simple act of courage.
RSVP required by October 5, 2016.
No bags or suitcases allowed. Only small purses permitted but will be checked at the door. No coat check available. You must pass through security for entrance. RSVP confirmation and photo ID required. Event starts promptly. Doors close at 6:15 pm.