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1. Docudrama

The four-part docudrama aims to provide comprehensive information to the public on the important part of our history (the dawn of our state and the birth of Christianity in Czech Lands and Slovakia) and on the exceptional figures of Apostles Cyril and Methodius, who count among the key personalities of the Czech and Slovak history and culture, as well as of the history of other Slavic nations. At the same time, we want to create a stunning image of the Early Middle Ages of the 9th century.
In cases where the history remains silent or is ambiguous, the docudrama format is particularly eloquent in explaining these ambiguities. This is done with the use of two tools which make Cyril and Methodius – The Apostles of the Slavs so different from the usual production. First, we have the narrator who unfolds the secrets which cannot always be depicted in an appropriate way and who also enables us in an elegant manner to point out the existence of a parallel theory pertaining to the particular moment of history. Second, we use the tool of a “live map” which helps us to move in time and space, which in our case means more than a few decades, and it also acquaints the viewer with the geopolitical situation in Europe of that time. Another important function of the map is the so-called point of interest, which is a kind of proportional enlargement of the most prominent buildings of the time and which the viewer sees on the map within the given location. An example can be an outline sketch of then Constantinople with Hagia Sophia as the dominant element. The story begins with the map veiled in mist which is slowly revealed as the story unfolds.

2. Full-length film

Along with the feature docudrama, a full-length film intended for cinema distribution will also be created. Unlike the television series, the film will present also the main Constantine’s and Methodius’ rival, the treacherous priest Eiben, who inconspicuously pulls strings, acting as a double agent and medieval lobbyist. Backbone of the film message is particularly the focus on the legacy from the past and the idea that neither power nor economical interests will hold the common Europe and European nations together, unless they share strong moral and spiritual foundations.


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