God Forsaken


script, cinematographer, direction Saša Dlouhý
editing Jakub Voves
script editor Jana Hádková
sound Vašek Flegl
music Ondřej Skala, Ježíš táhne na Berlín
Czech Television Creative Producer Martina Šantavá
executive producer freeSaM Saša Dlouhý
Czech Television Executive Producer Roman Blaas
producer Gogo Lab Keti Machavariani
Czech Television production Lucie Zvěřinová
production freeSaM Sandra Dlouhá, Bradley McGregor, Magda Juránková
animation Jan Zajíček
colour correction Jan Ali Moravec, studio Khapka
sound mix Václav Flégl, Jan Čeněk, Bystrouška – studio B3
graphics Štěpán Bartošek
archive research Magdaléna Holá
PR and press services Eliška Míkovcová, Ondřej Škrabal
distribution AeroFilms
cast Vladimír Špitaljov, Lilija Špitaljova, Marina Špitaljova, Olalekan Olufemi Akintola, George Yako, Zurab Nadiradze, Ahmed Al-Sabaiei, Ayat Al-Sailawi, Hadi A. Khatib


The feature documentary film by Saša Dlouhý, God Forsaken (Bohu žel), follows six refugee stories taking place over the course of several years in the Czech Republic. A previous member of the Soviet Socialist Bloc and current member of the European Union, this country expresses almost the greatest opposition to refugees out of all of Europe, despite not having any itself. The level of rejection of migrants, primarily those who are illegal and of Muslim faith, is in direct proportion to the frequency of the topic in the electoral programs of political parties and heads of state. In the film, fortunately just as in reality, this targeted, supported anti-refugee hysteria with the refugee as virtual reality is balanced against the work of humanitarian organizations and the still substantial part of society that refuses to accept hatred as one of its norms. Hatred that flows from fear and ignorance. Hatred that allows us to be manipulated and could turn against any of us tomorrow.
Length: 84, Year: 2018