Rather too bloody spectacle
Mr. Vladimír Mejstřík, known under his Boy Scout nickname Tom, was born March 17, 1932 in Prague. His father was able to find permanent employment only in the war industry. During the Prague Uprising, an artillery grenade destroyed the roof of their house while they were inside. Vladimír‘s father fought on the barricades in the streets of Prague during that time. After the war and the expulsion of the German population, the Mejstřík family moved to the town of Raspenava in the Sudetenland under the program of Czech resettlement of the border regions. After the war, Vladimír had become a Boy Scout in Prague, and he joined a local troop in Raspenava after the family moved there. He learnt the metal engraver‘s trade and began working for the Tiba company. After 1948, when an embargo was placed on foreign exports, Vladimír Mejstřík was transferred to Dvůr Králové, where he worked in the same factory. He married before the end of his compulsory military service, and then started working for the advertising department in Hradec Králové. He has never been a member of the Communist Party, and still he was able to work as the department leader, teach, and organize exhibitions during the communist regime. After fifty years, he decided to walk again on the hiking trails in the Jizerské Mountains, which he knew from his scouting years, and to make a film about this experience.