Can I call you Mireček?

23. září 2023

From the 1950s to the late 1980s, tens of thousands of people from the newly established post-colonial states came to study to Czechoslovakia. The stories of male and female students from Africa, the Arab countries or Asia are an almost forgotten chapter of our history that has gained little attention so far.

Some of the former students have stayed here and started their own families or returned again after some time. Others went back to their home countries with received education but still speak at least a few words of Czech. What do we know about them now?

History and documentary podcast Can I call you Mireček? (a reference to a Czech film series which features a character called Mireček, an African student at the Czech Faculty of Medicine) presents individuals of different cultures in mostly funny, sometimes moving or even dramatic clashes with the Czechoslovak reality. Many of these students came to a country they knew nothing about or they heard of merely in the propaganda broadcasting on communist radio stations.

The documentary podcastuses the oral history method and brings together valuable accounts of former students, their descendants and frames them in a historical context in order to help listeners view some of our modern history milestones in a new perspective and from unexpected angles.

We will be presenting the project at Prix Bohemia Radio!

When: Thursday 19th October 2023 | 9:35 – 9:55 | listening session
Where: Film hall, Arts Centre UP
Entrance: Free admission with accreditation

Look at the detailed program of the listening session.

All podcasts are available here.


Competition category: Podcast
Title: Can I call you Mireček?
Original title: Můžu ti říkat Mirečku?
Production: Alarm / People in Need

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