Project Coordinator

Ingrid Borárosová


Selection of individuals for interviews
Conducting the interviews
Creation of the documentary
Press Conference in Slovakia
Public discussions


  • Bratislava Policy Institute (leader)
  • Civipolis o.p.s
  • New Inspirations
  • Institute for Cultural Relations Policy

Resistance: The Secret of Joy Collective Memory of Visegrad Societies

The project had a clear mission: to raise awareness about individual stories and the shared past by utilizing contemporary art, performance, and media. Through these mediums, we aimed to connect the past to the present, document the accounts of the last witnesses, personalize history through oral histories, and create networks that fostered public debate and mutual understanding. Our goal was to combat the rising tide of nationalism, antisemitism, revisionism, racism, and ethnic hatred. Our primary objective was to uncover hidden examples of heroic resistance from our collective past in the Central European region. We wanted to showcase the true values and attitudes of previous generations, highlighting their fight for freedom and the freedom of their communities and countries. In the age of the internet and social media, where misinformation and half-truths proliferate, it was crucial to address the erosion of critical thinking among the youth, particularly in Central Europe.

The impact of this trend was also felt in the history and common heritage of the Visegrad countries. We believed that offering young people an alternative, emotional, artistic, and personal approach to understanding the shared history of these regions was the way to counter this disturbing phenomenon. Documentaries proved to be a popular and effective medium for actively educating the public and engaging the youth in a meaningful way.

Supported by

  • The project is co-financed by the Governments of Czechia, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia through Visegrad Grants from International Visegrad Fund. The mission of the fund is to advance ideas for sustainable regional cooperation in Central Europe.

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