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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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director: Daniel Santiago Cortés
original title: 84
country: Colombia
year: 2020
running time: 13 min.

synopsis

In 1984, Álvaro Ulcué Chocué, a Colombian Catholic priest and indigenous rights activist, was shot dead. The incident looms against the backdrop of a collage of two archive images from the same year. Documentary footage and fictional gangsters capture the state of a country dominated by drug cartels and social unrest.
 
 
„In the current conjuncture, It is urgent that indifference be shown as the strength of permanent violence, as a gesture that makes us silent accomplices without realizing it.“ D. Santiago Cortés
 
 
Watch Short Joy films for free on DAFilms now and decide who will win the Audience Award. Voting ends on 29 October.

biography

Daniel Santiago Cortés (1989) hails from Colombia but studied documentary film in Cuba. His short films Elan (2014) and Memorias (2016) have amassed critical acclaim at various international festivals. In 2018, he made his feature-length documentary debut with Emely or the Broken Mirrors.
 

more about film

director: Daniel Santiago Cortés
producer: Jose Manuel Duque López
script: Daniel Santiago Cortés
photography: Anonymous Footage
editing: Juan Cañola
music: Alejandro Bernal
sound: Daniel Giraldo

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The Last „V“ of Václav Havel
A short film shot at the state funeral of Václav Havel during which the leaving statesman comments his own memorial service for the final time. For he has nothing more to lose he can finally say things without restraint. The last breath and awakening in the arms of the Dalajlama.The film was made in coproduction with Famu and Film a Sociologie. Archive recordings of director Pavel Kaoutecký were used in the film.

The Last „V“ of Václav Havel

Jan Rendl
Czech Republic / 2012 / 11 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
Heliconia
Fourteen-year-old Maria spends her time in the extensive tropical garden of her family house. When she meets her brother and his friend Adrian on motorcycles during the New Year celebrations, she decides to flee with them to find paradise on earth together. The story, filled with biblical symbols, stands out with its sensual grainy 8mm images reminiscent of heliconia leaves, plants pollinated by birds.     „I like to make the medium and its plasticity visible, to let images live and breathe. I designed several images in Heliconia like tableaux vivants, and in this respect, I am really inspired by frame composition in painting and in photography.“ P. Rodríguez Polanco     Watch Short Joy films for free on DAFilms now and decide who will win the Audience Award. Voting ends on 29 October.
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Heliconia

Paula Rodríguez Polanco
France / 2020 / 27 min.
section: Short Joy
European Premiere
Mud road
A three-hundred-kilometer unmaintained dirt road is the only way to reach the nearest hospital from a remote African village. Through naturalistic observational camerawork, the film captures the journey of an ambulance driver in southern Ethiopia struggling to overcome all possible obstacles in order to safely deliver a laboring woman to the doctors.

Mud road

Francesco De Giorgi
Ethiopia, Italy / 2019 / 10 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
Nevermore
The quick and instinctive process of action painting creates a large-format black-and-white picture whose splatters, splashes, scratches, drips, and brush strokes bring to life excerpts from the poem The Raven, which – like a magic incantation amidst an abstract chaos of sounds and words – accompanies the artist’s inimitable physical performance. Images of a concentrated face, a tin can, and paint-covered fingers. A venose hand that guides the paint dripping from the wooden spatula. The squinting eyes of an open mind. The pace quickens, and the urgency of the voice increases the tension of the creative moment blessed by the work of art.

Nevermore

Jan van IJken
Netherlands / 2013 / 3 min.
section: Short Joy
Czech Premiere
The Lamp in the Ceiling
Contrary to popular belief, rape most often occurs among those who know each other and those who are close, all in a seemingly safe home environment. This documentary draws attention to the problem and reconstructs the memories of victims of sexual violence whose testimony manages to free a standard furnished apartment of its aura of innocence.

The Lamp in the Ceiling

Anette Svane
Norway / 2019 / 7 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
Clean Hands
A grassy area fills with arriving cars. The passengers are given bread and wine and a programme for the religious service. All they have to do is tune in their radio to the right station, and the Sunday service begins. In Daytona Beach, Florida, the concept of drive-in theatres has been adapted for an unusual purpose. DeFilippo’s observational documentary takes a look at this modern church.

Clean Hands

Lauren DeFilippo
United States / 2016 / 9 min.
section: Short Joy
East European Premiere
Commodity City
The Yiwu wholesale market in China is more than eight kilometres long. Short episodes follow buyers and the uncompromising negotiations between vendors. The observational documentary shows stalls so covered in goods they completely hide the vendors – and thus also the market’s other world, where their offspring spend their childhoods.

Commodity City

Jessica Kingdon
United States, China / 2016 / 10 min.
section: Short Joy
East European Premiere
The Rising
A visually impressive look at the invasion of the giant hogweed, shot over the course of a year in the marshy landscape near the River Bollin on the outskirts of Manchester. This imposing and high toxic plant is considered a dangerous and unwanted colonizer. In the movie, it spreads to the sound of unsettling electronic beats, making it an allegory for our xenophobia. DETAIL:The grass is covered in frost; the long stalks of dried umbels reach for the sky. They are enchanting and fascinating. But when the new stem rises from a field of ripening grain, it evokes fear and tension. Man appears, bringing struggle with him.

The Rising

Nick Jordan
United Kingdom / 2014 / 14 min.
section: Short Joy
Central European Premiere
First Birthday After the Apocalypse
In her autobiographical documentary, the young director uses cartoon impressions, photographic memories, and the various stages of baking a cake to draw the viewer into her own stream of consciousness, and using images full of kindness, tenderness, and playfulness, she deals with the sadness that began during a children's birthday party many years ago.     „Everything you experience could be a little exercise in storytelling and so the documentary filmmaking seems like a good way to learn how to interact with the world rather than with just the medium.“ F. Hasanbegović     Watch Short Joy films for free on DAFilms now and decide who will win the Audience Award. Voting ends on 29 October.
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First Birthday After the Apocalypse

Farah Hasanbegović
Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina / 2020 / 6 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
The Little One
An unusual animated documentary of the experiences of young Vietnamese who have spent their entire lives in the Czech Republic, living between two cultures. The drawn animation style allows the filmmaker to give the film a natural emotionality, intimacy and poetic stylization.

The Little One

Diana Cam Van Nguyen
Czech Republic / 2017 / 10 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
Crisis Document. A Survival Guide
Two Swedish directors set off for Greece to find out how the local residents feel about the media images of the crisis. On the basis of ten selected myths, they create a film essay in which they take the dangers presented by the media through to their conclusions using audio-visual counterpoint, warning against the threat of fascism.DETAIL:„We are leaving Sweden to see what a crisis looks like. This is the first image we see. The public service has shut down and there’s only white noise.“

Crisis Document. A Survival Guide

Elisabeth Marjanović Cronvall, Marta Dauliute
Sweden / 2015 / 14 min.
section: Short Joy
Central European Premiere
Coal & Cossacks
A festive parade of Cossacks, solid in their pride, flows down the street in slow motion just as the coal flows down the conveyer belt. In all its massive and monstrous beauty, the giant steel mining equipment represents strength and security just as the Cossack army under God’s protection. A group of Cossacks, priests and boys halts before a church. Sabres touch the children’s shoulders and the boy is kissed. He wipes his lips with a handkerchief. A small festive moment, like when the coal is transported to the harbour.

Coal & Cossacks

Frédéric Cousseau
France / 2013 / 8 min.
section: Short Joy
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