Film - Program 1


Directed by Radek Ševčík


Director: Radek Ševčík
Section: Program 1
Country: Slovakia
OT: Otrávená studňa
Language: Slovakian
Version: Original version with English subtitles

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On October 12, 2022, a nineteen-year-old attacker shot and killed two people outside a gay bar in Bratislava. Taking this terrorist act as his starting point, director Radek Ševčík, himself a member of the LGBTQIA+ community, reveals in this impressive documentary the extent of the hatred and exclusion to which LGBTQIA+ people are subjected in Slovakia’s ultraconservative society. As little or nothing is being done to protect queer individuals, they are forced to take a self-defense course out of fear, as they no longer feel safe on the streets.

  • Duration: 14 min.

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Meet the director


Radek Ševčík

Radek Ševčík is studying documentary film directing at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, following brief studies of film and theatre theory at Palacky University in Olomouc and fiction-film directing at Tomas Bata University in Zlín. He often collaborates with his partner, editor Petr Chromčák, on short films and intermedia installations. In 2022 the Taiwan Pitch film accelerator selected him as a finalist, which gave him the opportunity to shoot the short poetic documentary INNER NEED OF KARAOKE about Taiwanese singing culture. His films have been screened at such festivals as the Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival and Academia Film Olomouc and have been released on the Dafilms and Taiwan+ online platforms.


Screenplay: Radek Ševčík
Director of Photography: Kristián Kantona, Michal Vasil', Petr Chromčák, Paulína Hampachelová, Lenka Špániková, Radek Ševčík
Film Editor: Petr Chromčák
Sound: Samuel Perunko, Vojtĕch Javůrek
Producer: Rebeka Ondová
Production Company: Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava