Dir. Helena Třeštíková - 82min - 2006 - Czech Republic
The life of Marcela, an ordinary Czech woman is explored throughout several decades of her life. The documentary observes several important societal issues. We are engaged to struggle and fight back with Marcela as her tragic life unfolds before our eyes especially dealing with her daughter’s unexpected death which almost drives her too suicide. However, the responsibility she feels for her retarded son gives her the will to survive. The making of Marcela was initially part of a six-part series on Czech television about the fate of six married couples but the events that happened throughout Marcela’s life arose a wave of solidarity from the Czech public who sent her money and personal support. This was the reason why Helena Třeštíková decided to focus solely on a documentary about Marcela. The distressing destiny of Marcela’s life and the act of human support from the Czech public was therefore, worthy to be expressed in this film. She is currently looking forward for a better future.