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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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An Absence of Reciprocity in Vulnerability, Losses and Risks
An Absence of Reciprocity in Vulnerability, Losses and Risks

An Absence of Reciprocity in Vulnerability, Losses and Risks

director: Adéla Komrzý
original title: Absence reciprocity zranitelnosti, ztrát i rizik
country: Czech Republic
year: 2017
running time: 9 min.

synopsis

A documentary study of the eye and its functions. A compilation of images from various places gives the function of the eye new meanings. It is a tool for instilling fear, the soldier uses it to find his target, and looking into the eye of your executioner can cause him to doubt his actions. What happens when the eye stops looking?

biography

Director Adéla Komrzý (1992) studied art history and is currently a student at FAMU’s department of documentary film. Her previously film Teaching War, was made as part of the Czech Journal television series and had its premiere at the 2016 Ji.hlava IDFF.

more about film

director: Adéla Komrzý
producer: Ondřej Šejnoha
photography: Adéla Komrzý, Jakub Wagner
editing: Adéla Komrzý, Mariana Kozáková
sound: Kryštof Blabla

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