Ordeal closely follows the story of the effort to cleanse the justice system and to begin the reform that will lead to justice.

Slovakia, Czechia 2021
75 min.

In the past ten years, the Slovak citizens’ trust in justice has fallen sharply. Thanks to the access to Threema messages of Marian Kočner, a businessman under investigation in relation to the murder of the journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová, a vast corruption network within state administration and the justice system has been revealed. Disintegrating the merciless machinery including corrupt judges, rich and influential businessmen, mafia, politicians, and innocent citizens alike, is all but an easy task. Reflecting on the long-term crisis of the Slovak justice system, Zuzana Piussi’s inves­tigative documentary asks whether the justice system with its many failures can ever be corrected.

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Director: Zuzana Piussi
Based on: Katarína Javorčíková
Screenplay: Zuzana Piussi
Cinematography: Miro Remo
Music: Lucia Piussi
Editing: Šimon Špidla
Producer: Vít Janeček
Cast: Katarína Javorčíková, Janka Javorková, Pavel Macko, Elena Berthotyová, Igor Matovič, Pavol Korytár