How professional politicians lose their souls

Former Slovak prime minister Robert Fico -- who once called journalists "prostitutes" -- seldom reveals anything about himself in front of a camera, but Lucia Kašová managed to get a revealing glimpse of the PM behind the scenes.

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Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
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Why this story matters:

Documentary filmmaker Lucia Kašová is one of the few people who was able to get close to former prime minister Robert Fico. The leader of Slovakia's most popular party, Smer, is notoriously guarded.

Journalists and commentators try to predict his opinions and intentions because he is still considered to be the most influential man in Slovak politics.

The filmmaker says that Fico was tense throughout the filming, as if fearing critical questions. Kašová also struggled to get him to express a straightforward opinion, like with all the other former prime ministers she interviewed for her documentary series.

"You could ask them if they prefer blue or red and they wouldn't answer. They would say something like: many people like blue, but red also has positive aspects," explains Kašová.

Details from the story:

  • The film maker was interviewed several time before she was allowed to film Robert Fico.
  • She had one official camera and one hidden camera that continued to film during breaks.
  • The series of documentaries about former Slovak ministers is called Premiéri.

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