From left, directors Marika Pecháčková and Vít Klusák at the press screening of their documentary film Velké nic, March 2, 2023, Prague.
Prague – The documentary film Velké nic directed by Vít Klusák and Marika Pecháčková follows the reactions of Czech society to the covid-19 pandemic. Over the course of three years, the creators collected stories from different areas and, according to Klusák, created an unexpectedly funny report about the reaction of different people to government regulations during the pandemic. The film will be released in domestic cinemas on March 16.
Even before filming, cameraman Adam Kruliš and director Klusák agreed that the documentary would be shot in black and white. “We had the great advantage that all the American films stopped being made here during the pandemic, so it was cheap to rent the best glass and cameras. We hope that this optics and black and white caused us to somehow deviate from the visual style of the media and deliberately we're looking somehow differently,” said director Pecháčková to ČTK after today's press preview.
Filmmakers decided to capture the daily lives of people across society in this unprecedented event. The documentary shows an empty Prague, rescuers on call, police officers checking masks in parks, athletes in domestic conditions, a covid nude beach or demonstrations against masks.
In the film, for example, opera singer Monika Jägerová, who got a job at a supermarket cashier during the first lockdown, film director and philosopher Karel Vachek or evolutionary biologist Jaroslav Flegr speak. Former journalist and activist Jana Peterková was also given space, on February 27 this year, the court imposed a two-year suspended sentence with a three-year probationary period for spreading alarmist news. In the videos she posted on social networks during the coronavirus pandemic, the woman talked about the drastic investigation and treatment of children in hospitals, forced vaccination against covid-19 and the occupation of the Czech Republic by NATO troops.
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The American Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has long believed that the covid-19 pandemic was probably caused by the leakage of the coronavirus infection from a Chinese laboratory in the city of Wuhan. According to American media, two branches of the US federal government currently favor the theory of a laboratory accident, while four departments and a panel of intelligence services favor a scenario with natural transmission of the infection from an animal to a human.
In the Czech Republic, testing has discovered the first cases of a new type of coronavirus on March 1, 2020. The coronavirus pandemic brought with it a number of restrictions, wearing masks and later respirators became one of the symbols. Their introduction in mid-March 2020 was received differently by the public. The masks were worn until the end of June 2020, after the summer release they returned in September of the same year. From February 2021, they were mostly replaced by respirators. After their introduction, part of the population refused to wear masks not only in the Czech Republic. Some argued the adverse health consequences, some people did not wear masks as a sign of resistance to government regulations.
At the end of this January, 670 million cases of covid and over 6.8 million related death.