Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Vinyl Generation

Year: 2016
Run Time: 74 minutes

Vinyl Generation

In the 1980s, communism ruled the land in Czechoslovakia. The totalitarian regime was paranoid about dissenters and often went to extreme measures to silence them. The media was a propaganda machine, and nonconformist literature and art were banned. Communists looked down on Western influences; therefore rock musicians and their fans were the subject of harassment and persecution. But as history has proven, turbulent times are often the catalyst for prolific creativity. Despite the oppression, a generation of youth found inspiration in the alternative culture. This led to a shift in opinion and politics, later spawning a revolution. Punk rock became a powerful means of communication for the rebellion, along with a variety of visual art forms. They effectively used these mediums to call for freedom. Of course, it wasn’t easy, considering they had to go to great lengths to keep it all a secret. Twenty-five years later, key players in the movement discuss their experiences while reflecting on the scary similarities of Vladimir Putin’s current reign in Russia. VINYL GENERATION is a compelling look at underground culture and its strong impact on changing the political landscape of our world. (In English and Czech with subtitles) –E.F.

CIFF40 Screenings

Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 4:30 PM

Saturday, April 02, 2016 at 9:30 AM

Sunday, April 03, 2016 at 3:10 PM

Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition

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Keith Jones

Keith Jones is an American documentary filmmaker who resides in Prague, Czech Republic. In the mid-2000s, he served as the program director for Music on Film, Film on Music, a festival dedicated to films about music.

"Punk In Africa" (2012), VINYL GENERATION (2016)

Jeffrey Brown, Gary K. Griffin, Barbara Kopple

Gary K. Griffin

Andrew L. Wills

Principal Cast
Otto Urban, Ondrej Sturma

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