18th Ji.hlava International
Documentary Film Festival

October 23 – 28, 2014

With sewing machines purring in the background, Jihlava turned into a documentary factory. The newly established Center for Documentary Film was set up in the renovated Dukla Cinema with three key terms - Education, Research and Library. Inspiration Forum’s guest, conceptual artist Petr Pavlensky, showed the audience in Jihlava glimpses of life in contemporary Russia. French director Anna Roussillon pocketed both the Best World Documentary Film award and the Best Documentary Debut for her film I Am the People. After its premiere in Jihlava, it celebrated success at various festivals across the world, eventually making it to the Cannes IFF. Godfrey Reggio whose masterclass dedicated to the human coexistence with technology enchanted the audience, received the Contribution to World Cinema award.  Aside from Reggio, an impressive team of directors presented their masterclasses, including Kidlat Tahimik, Wang Bing, Peter Tscherkassky and Albert Serra. Brass Band – a performance by the resident Vosto5 ensemble – saw its first staging directly in Dobronín where the piece is actually set. Vratislav Brabenec of the legendary Plastic People of the Universe was repeatedly spotted in Jihlava’s early morning mist.


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