Masters of Dox

Vojta Lavička: Ups and Downs

Helena Třeštíková
Screening time  
01.03. / Saturday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 5  
With a sweeping Romany music soundtrack, Helena Trestíková’s intimate documentary about the troubled life of musician, activist and reporter Vojta Lavička unfolds over 16 years and does double duty as a thorough examination of the marginalized Roma living in the Czech Republic today.

Despite enviable accomplishments – Lavička was a pioneer of Romany TV and radio broadcasting, an activist with an NGO on behalf of the Roma and, most famously, a master violinist whose popular Romany hip-hop group played Glastonbury in 2007 – he is still trying to get things right. A more general picture of the life of Gypsies in the Czech society is gradually pieced together with events in his personal and professional life, forming its background.


Helena Třeštíková

Helena Třeštíková studied documentary filmmaking at the Prague Film Academy, FAMU. Since 1974 she has worked as a professional filmmaker, shooting almost fifty documentary films on themes of interpersonal relationships and social problems. In the course of time, she specialised in the longitudinal approach, following people’s life stories on long-term basis. For her film René (2008, screened at 2011 ZagrebDox), she was awarded by the European Film Academy (EFA) the 2008 Prix Arte for Best Documentary Film. Her film Private Universe was awarded with My Generation award at 2013 ZagrebDox. Katka was screened at ZagrebDox 2011.

General sponsor


Czech Republic
2013, 80', DCP

Directed by:
Helena Třeštíková

David Cysař, Jiří Chod, Vlastimil Hamerník

Edited by:
Jakub Hejna

Hana Třeštíková

Produced by:
Production Třeštíková

Festivals & Awards:

DOK Leipzig 2013; Krakow Film Festival 2013; Vancouver International Film Festival 2013; One Wold International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival 2013; Film Festival Cottbus – Festival of the East European Cinema 2013