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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Inner Compass



Each of us is exposed to the constant necessity to choose and decide and our whole life journey, relationships and professions is a sequence of crossroads where we have to make decisions. Even the popular Catholic priest, professor of ethics and engaging journalist Marek Orko Vácha is not spared. What compass of values does he use to navigate his steps and to what extent is he forced to align it due to modern phenomena to which the Catholic doctrine does not have a ready answer? Where does he feel the reserves of his spiritual life?



Marek Orko Vácha

Biologist, theologian, priest and teacher. Catholic priest, manager of the Lechovice u Znojma parish. At the School of Social Studies in Brno, Marek leads a seminar on the relationship between Christianity and ecology. He studied molecular biology and genetics at the School of Biology of Masaryk University in Brno and theology in Olomouc and Brussels. In 1997 and 2000, he participated in two expeditions to the Antarctica. He is the head of the Department of Ethics of the Third Faculty of Medicine of Charles University.



Josef Pazderka

A historian, a journalist, the editor-in-chief of on-line daily Aktuálně.cz. He was born in Jihlava and studied history at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague (grad. 1999) and development studies at Oxford Brookes University (grad. 2003). He was a charity worker at People In Need; between 2005-2016, he worked as a reporter for Czech Television, first as a foreign correspondent of Czech Television in Russia, later in Poland and Ukraine. Since 2018, he has been the editor-in-chief of on-line daily Aktuálně.cz. In 2011, he made an acclaimed TV documentary called The Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968: The Russian Perspective and co-written a book of the same name published by Torst.


In cooperation with the Czech Christian Academy, Jihlava.

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