How I Became a Partisan

A documentary about the Roma in the resistance who gave their lives in the fight for freedom. They fell into oblivion and died a second time.

Ako som sa stala partizánkou
Slovakia, Czechia 2021
93 min.
  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia.

A Roma partisan. An association that has been pushed to the outer edge of historical memory provides the starting coordinates for the director’s mission of emancipation. A web of themes and motifs emerges from a journey back through memories of her great-grandfather Ján Lacko. The revived stories of Roma partisans from the Slovak resistance movement are extricated and woven into a discourse on Roma identity, the roots of European racism, and disappearing traces of cultural and collective memory. Vera Lacková’s partisan battle remedies the collective consciousness in her native village as well as at the celebrations marking the 75th anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising.

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Director: Vera Lacková
Screenplay: Vera Lacková
Cinematography: Petr Racek
Music: Jan Šikl ml.
Sound: Štěpán Mamula
Editing: Hana Dvořáčková
Producer: Jan Bodnár, Vera Lacková
Co-production: Jarmila Poláková
Cast: Vera Lacková, Zuzana Čaputová
  • This film is available in the following territories: Czechia.