26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
A listening and discussion not only with emerging audio documentary makers about their work and recommendations on how to start, choose topics, and work with programme editing. But above all, we will talk about the following audio documentary pieces:
Kristýna Břeská: In a Nutshell (35 min)
Chantal Ahossey, Ondřej Teplý: Uncovering (26 min)
Guest speakers: Kristýna Břeská, Martina Pouchlá (radio producer), Chantal Ahossey, Ondřej Teplý, Lumír Košař (radio producer). Moderated by: Eva Lammelová.
In a Nutshell
Cucurrucucú Paloma, a 1954 song by Tomás Mendez performed by the author of the audio documentary, is the leitmotif of the piece about the encounters between two worlds. The metaphor of the shell of a Venetian walnut in the title refers to the life of truck driver Daniel, who travels the highways of Europe, the beauty of which he has never seen. During an online study during lockdown, Kristýna Břeská decided to spend 108 hours “in a shell” that many of us are unaware of.
"Dan is worried that everyone will look at me and wonder who I am and what I’m doing here...Everyone’s immediately wondering: who is she? A hitchhiker, a lover, or his wife? Everybody is thinking: this is weird."
Kristýna Břeská comes from Jičín and currently lives in Prague, where she is studying theatre directing at the Department of Alternative and Puppet Theatre at the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (DAMU). She also studied Journalism and Art Theory at the Faculty of Arts at Palacký University in Olomouc. For Czech Radio she made documentaries Šutry v čokoládě or Liga el balit – je možné se někdy zastavit? – her 2020 debut.
Uncovering (Chantal Ahossey, Ondřej Teplý)
We find ourselves in the shoes of two young people. We are literally immersed in their thoughts. We can hear what’s on their mind when they visit an indoor pool where they feel naked. There’s nothing to hide behind. Naked, they experience their otherness to the core. The shame, the shaken self-esteem, the fear, the anxiety of being different, the eternal self-examination, the flow of thoughts, the insecurities, the memories. Listen to what Chantall and Ondřej think about, living in the Czech society that is often hostile to foreigners and queer people.
"That can really only happen to me. Or do people just to talk to you in the showers and ask you how come you speak Czech? They say I’m a foreigner and I have nice skin tan and I’m brown. Well, I am. But I’m not a foreigner. I know it can be confusing. But I am not a foreigner. I belong here. I don’t know why everyone’s taking it away from me. Many people don’t believe me. They think I’m exotic. I wish I wasn’t. I wish I was invisible."
Chantal Ahossey (1996) graduated from the Sorbonne in Paris with a degree in Applied Foreign Languages: English and Russian. She is currently a student of Media Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University. In her work, she focuses on topics such as identity, the position of an individual in society, culture and the surrounding environment.
Ondřej Teplý (1994) graduated this year from the Master's programme in Media Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University. In both his journalistic and audiovisual documentary work, he deals mainly with social issues, which he presents through the lens of ethnic or sexual minorities.
HEAR: Contemporary Audio Documentary
Section dedicated to audio documentary in all of its current forms
Audio documentaries are on the rise in the world and in the Czech Republic – thanks not only to new podcast technologies, but mainly to the availability of recording devices, intermediality and interaction between creators and their audience. The pure audio format also attracts passionate fans of audiovisual production. Audio documentaries and series are already being produced in the country, not only for Czech Radio, but also for independent institutions and media and the production is becoming more and more diverse.
HEAR is a platform – a meeting place where we celebrate this diversity and promote the development, quality and playfulness of audio documentary. The programme includes screenings of thematic audio documentaries, podcasts and discussions with filmmakers and other guests.
HEAR is a supporting pillar for audio documentary production in Czechia, it is meant as an inspiration for new and experienced audio documentary makers, and to play an important role in the ongoing development of audio documentary genres. In the future, we envisage developing the platform and expanding its programme with masterclasses, foreign productions, guests, and a competition.
HEAR is prepared by Eva Lammelová, Brit Jensen and Andrea Hanáčková.