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Arte’s first Czech co-production to air next month

Prague, Czech Republic – ‘The Lynching’, hailed as the first co-production between French-German network Arte and Czech Television, will premiere on August 1st.

First Arte Czech production explores fate of Roma community

A mini-series of eight episodes of 50 minutes each, The Lynching (Lynč, in Czech) will explore the discrimination and deeply-entrenched racism against the Czech Republic’s Roma community.

Set in the small village of Buchnov in Bohemia, the series tells the story of Lukas, a documentary maker from Prague, and his attempt to unravel the mystery surrounding the brazen murder of a young member of the local Roma community.

Presented as an ultra-realistic, gripping and nerve-racking thriller, The Lynching explores the psychological entanglements of an entire village’s attempt to cover up a murder, and highlights long-standing social divisions in Czech society, as well as the daily and widespread racism and discrimination faced by the Roma community in the Czech Republic, and throughout Europe.

Credit: Czech Television (Ceska Televize)

Series inspired by a real lynching in the United States

Initially hailing from a public writing contest organized by the Czech Television, the mini-series is Arte’s first-ever Czech co-production, and was co-directed by American screenwriter Harold Apter and Czech filmmakers Jan Bartek and Klara Juzova.

Its all-Czech cast includes well-known figures of Czech cinema, like Pavel Kriz or Zuzana Stivinova, as well as young promising talents like Matej Andel, Marsell Bending and Stepanka Fingerhutova.

According to Harold Apter, the story was directly inspired by a lynching that took place in the U.S. a few years ago, translated into a Czech context with the help, among others, of a special Roma consultant.

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