An Undesirable Return of Miguel Littín.
In the 1970s, Miguel Littín, a journalist and documentary filmmaker, was forced to leave his homeland with 5,000 other Chileans. After more than ten years, he returns to the country under a different identity in order to capture the transformation of a society governed by a totalitarian regime in his documentary film. The pinnacle of Littín's dangerous mission is the intrusion into the Palace of La Moneda, the residence of fascist General Pinochet, and the acquisition of unique film footage in one of the most guarded places symbolizing the new regime.
“The most difficult aspect was to become someone else. Personality change is a day-to-day struggle in which one often revolts against himself and strives to maintain his identity. The biggest difficulty for me was not learning how one might think. It was my involuntary resistance to both physical and behavioral changes. I had to accept that I'm not going to be the same person anymore, and that I would turn into someone else – someone inconspicuous enough to remain under the radar of the dictator's police force which forced me to leave the country, someone indistinguishable even for his own friends. ” - The Adventures of Miguel Littín in Chile, Gabriel García Márquez
Concept, directed by, starring: 8lidí
Music: Ian Mikyska
Technical support: Václav Hruška
Special thanks: Prokop Novák, Honza Tomšů
8lidí is a creative collective established in 2017 as an independent theater group. It consists of directors, dramaturges and stage designers who met in 2014 at the Department of Alternative and Puppet Theater of DAMU. Permanent members are Petr Erbes, Emilie Formanová, Nina Jacques, Boris Jedinák, Anna Klimešová, Alice Kofláková, Karolína Kotrbová, Zuzana Sceranková, Vendula Tomšů and Viktorie Vášová. The group intervenes into public space with projects tackling current social issues, utilizing aspects of theater, performance, installation and happening. Among the first collaborative projects are Přírodní památka Piazzeta, an eight-hour performance Drobty nebeského chleba, Masaryk jede! happening or the performance Vyznamenání – a segment of the project Lhostejnost neinspiruje held at National Theater, and the project Naughty Bachelor, which saw its restored premiere in Alfred ve dvoře in 2019.
Latest projects of 8lidí include Press Paradox, based on the case of Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko and produced at DISK Theater, as well as the project Sametová simulace: Federál, created in cooperation with the Vosto5 and the National Theater.