The public appearence of dissident Václav Havel after 19 years was an immediate idea at the Folk Lipnice festival
Jarmila Poláková was born on 26 November 1956 in Cheb, where she grew up until she was ten years old. In 1966, she and her family moved to the countryside - both her parents were office workers in agriculture and members of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia. They lived for more than a year in the Dvůr Králové region and then in southern Bohemia. In 1976 the witness graduated from the Secondary Technical School in Písek and also participated in a Pioneer group activities. From 1977 she studied at the Czech Technical University in Prague and within the university scholarship programme she left to Ledeč nad Sázavou to work at the KOVOFINIŠ company. There, in cooperation with the film club, which existed under the patronage of the company’s Socialist Youth Union group, they organised concerts of folk performers. From 1984 to 1988 she prepared the repertoire of the Folk Lipnice (Songs for Peace) festival. Together with her husband Vladimír Hanzel, they initiated the invitation of the dissident Václav Havel, who at the music festival made his first public appearance in 19 years. Since 1988 she has worked for the music publishing company Panton and since 1991 she has been running the production company Film & Sociology and has co-produced several films by Pavel Koutecký, including the documentary film Citizen Havel (Občan Havel). In December 2022 she was living in Prague.