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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

ji-hlavadok-revuecdfEmerging producersInspiration Forum

15 Years of Cultural Transformation

Panel discussion / Czech language only


Fifteen years ago, the Czech Republic joined the European Union. Our culture and art have become a part of the greater European space. What social and artistic expectations came with EU accession and to what extent have they been fulfilled? Fifteen years that have seen the transformation of politics and of society – has this change influenced art and how it is perceived? Fifteen years of the transformation of our relationship to Europe and our place within it, and also the transformation of people’s ideas of what culture means.

In cooperation with Creative Europe Desk CZ on the occasion of fifteen years of the Czech Republic in the EU.


Photo: Dita Havránková



Martin Kohout 

He studied sociology at Charles University and documentary filmmaking at FAMU. In his three feature films, he examined the post-socialist transformation of Czech society. The films deal with the privatization processes and the participation of citizens in the functioning of the previous regime. At present, along with documentary filmmaker Jan Rendl, Jan Strejcovský, and Jakub Wagner, he is working to get independent documentary films and other artistic projects off the ground.


Pavla Melková 

Architect and expert in the field of conservation, planning, and urbanism. Melková lectures at the Czech Technical University and the University of Applied Arts, both in Prague, and is the author of several books, such as Bastion XXXI at Calvary, Experience Architecture and the Manual of Public Area Creation in Prague. In 2012 she established the Office of the Public Space at the Prague Institute of Planning and Development.


Adam Svozil

He studied directing at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He is the recipient of the Mark Ravenhill Award for his production of The Ritual Slaughter of Gorge Mastromas. In addition to work on the radio, he has worked with many theatres, among others, are Studio hrdinů, Meet Factory, Aréna Chamber Theatre and the Theatre on the Balustrade. His production of Brief Interviews with Hideous Men, based on short stories by David Foster Wallace, is currently playing in the latter.



Petr Fischer

Czech journalist. His work earned him the Rudolf Medek Prize and the Ferdinand Peroutka Prize. He was the main commentator for Lidové noviny, worked for the Czech BBC, and headed the both the cultural sections of Hospodářské noviny and Czech TV for three years His television program Konfrontace Petra Fischera aired on Czech Television. Between 2016 and 2018 he served as editor-in-chief of Czech Radio Vltava.


Czech Language Only

Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Evropská unie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Česká televize
Český rozhlas