The Art of Dissent celebrates the power of artistic engagement in Czechoslovakia to build a civil society before and after the 1968 Soviet-led invasion. The documentary’s main protagonists—playwright Vaclav Havel, banned singer Marta Kubisova, and underground rock group the Plastic People of the Universe—became the most recognizable dissidents during the 1970s and 1980s. Havel aligned literary, political, philosophical, and rock ’n’ roll forces into a hybrid network that eventually toppled the totalitarian regime.
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