Monika Le Fay (birth name Monika Elšíková) is an author, screenwriter and director. She published books, acted and she also sang in a movie. Her topics are Children and Animal Rights protection, Human Rights, Totalitarian Ideologies and Racism.
She made about forty films, among others documentaries “04826 Jirous”, “Last Leaving of Václav Havel”, portrait documentaries about Karel Schwarzenberg (current Minister of Foreign Affairs), Dominik Duka (Cardinal and current Archbishop of Prague), Borek Sipek (artist and designer), Jirina Prekopova (child psychologist) and others. She has directed several feature films for children and a theater performance.
She wrote number of books for children – “Jonas and Whale”, “Bubu”, “Christmas Story” – and a biography of Arch abbot of Brevnov Monastery “Rough Abbot: Good Work of Anastaz Opasek”. The “Bubu” book about an abandoned boy is a recommended kids´ reading.
She did an author reading in ZOOM Kindermuseum in Vienna and discussed the life under Communism with German students. She was a Jury Member of the Cairo International Film Festival for Children, Host of the Human Rights Festival One World and she has participated in many TV debates.
For the Czech Television, she filmed the story of the girl Lucinka, who was tortured to death – this film became an impulse of the tortured children problem publicity and was shown by other media. She also drew attention to a dog killing Detention center in Slovakia, that everyone kept ignoring.
She joined the modern Czech history debate with her portrait of Dagmar Simkova, political prisoner of the Communist Regime “We were there too”, which has been published four times, read as a radio-serial, and is on the Ministry of Education 20th century history recommended reading list. Two theater pieces are based on this book and also a biography.
She was involved in the passage of the Animal Protection Act and in the Catholic association Opus Bonum that drew attention to the overlooked moments of the Czech history (f.e. the post-war expulsion of Sudeten Germans). She was one of the co-signers of the Chart 77 (at the age of twenty) and was prosecuted also for shouting “Vivat Václav Havel” on the Prague´s Wenceslas Square, for which she was banned from Prague by the Communist prosecutor.
She lives in Prague with her kids and pets and has filmed a documentary about president Václav Havel.