When the War Comes

Jan Gebert

Czech Republic, Croatia 2018, 76 min.

Documentary

Spoken language: Slovak

Subtitles: English

Peter Švrček from Slovakia seems to have a nice life, but he is concerned about the future of his country and the arrival of immigrants. If there’s going to be a war, Peter wants to be prepared for it, so in his free time he leads a paramilitary group of dozens of men. In their weekend training sessions, they wear fake uniforms and use dummy weapons, but they take their mission very seriously indeed.

Synopsis

For three years Czech director Jan Gebert followed the members of the Slovakian extremist, paramilitary group Svrcek. The group consists of young people, mostly teenagers, who worry about the future of their country. Under the guidance founder Peter, they train in the weekends with fake weapons and preach their fascist world views in schools. Their goal is to reform Slovakia into a totalitarian regime, without immigrants. And as long as Peter and his helpers don’t break any laws, the government won’t intervene.

Credits

Productions:

Pink Productions

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Talkshows & debates

When the War Comes: Q&A about the content of the film

Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 19:15

After the screening there will be a talk about the themes depicted in the film.

When the War Comes: Introduction by Katarina Gališinová

Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 19:15

Introduction by Katarina Gališinová, who grew up in the town where the film takes place.

When the War Comes: Introduction by Katarina Gališinová

Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 12:00

Introduction by Katarina Gališinová (Movies that Matter) who grew up in the town where the film takes place.

When the War Comes: Q&A with terrorism expert Peter Knoope

Sunday, March 24, 2019 - 12:00

Q&A with Laura Henderson (Utrecht University) and Peter Knoope (Netherlands Institute for International Relations, Clingendael).

When the War Comes: Introduction by Katarina Gališinová

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 19:15

Introduction by Katarina Gališinová (Movies that Matter) who grew up in the town where the film takes place.

When the War Comes: Q&A with Thijs Bouwknegt and Ivo van de Wijdeven

Thursday, March 28, 2019 - 19:15

After the film Thijs Bouwknegt and Ivo van de Wijdeven will discuss the themes from the film.