Monday, August 8, 2011

Radio Prague Today 8.8.2011

Articles posted on www.radio.cz today

Sports News 8.8.2011

In Sports News: Czech mountain bike racer Jaroslav Kulhavý clinches the European championship title for the second year in a row; tennis player Štepánek ends almost two-year drought, winning the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington; football's Sparta defeat Jablonec, continuing their successful start to the season; top female ref Dagmar Damková oversees her last match in the top domestic league.

Amir Bar-Lev – an American documentary filmmaker with Czech influences

Amir Bar-Lev first presented his documentary Fighter – a film that portrays the well-known Czech émigrés Jan Wiener and Arnošt Lustig – at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2008. This year, the American documentary filmmaker, whose second film My Kid Could Paint That got caught up in a media controversy, came back to the festival as president of the documentary competition jury. He speaks about what first sparked his interest film and documentaries, what his role as a jury president entails, and when he first visited the Czech Republic.

Controversy over Prague's first gay and lesbian pride parade escalates

With two more days left to go before it begins, the gay and lesbian community's Prague Pride festival has stirred up considerable controversy. The event, held under the auspices of Prague Mayor Bohuslav Svoboda, has come under fire from public figures such as the head of the ultra-conservative Civic Initiative D.O.S.T. Ladislav Bátora, the controversial presidential aide Petr Hájek, and even the president himself.