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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Africa I. From Marocco to Kilimanjaro
Africa I. From Marocco to Kilimanjaro

Africa I. From Marocco to Kilimanjaro

director: Miroslav Zikmund, Jiří Hanzelka, Jaroslav Novotný
original title: Afrika I. Z Maroka na Kilimandžáro
country: Czechoslovakia
year: 1953
running time: 104 min.

synopsis

In 1947, an unknown duo of aspiring explorers set out from Czechoslovakia on a trip around the world. Two films were made from their expedition, which eventually covered “only” the African and American continents. The first of these later became probably the most famous, as well as the most successful Czechoslovak film about Africa. It sold out cinemas, thus ensuring the filmmakers, Hanzelek and Zikmund, phenomenal success that continues to this day. However, the film is also remarkable from a lesser-known perspective, in the context of colonial ideology. During the trip, the communist coup took place in Czechoslovakia, and the filmmakers were forced to come to terms with this change, not only upon their arrival, but also when making the final cut of the film and its commentary. It thus became a unique view of the early communist regime on the African colonial order, which it reflects to some extent critically, without avoiding the promotion of communist ideas.

more about film

director: Miroslav Zikmund, Jiří Hanzelka, Jaroslav Novotný
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Creative Europe
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Česká televize
Český rozhlas
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