27th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Antigone - How Dare We!
Antigone - How Dare We!
Antigone - How Dare We!
Antigone - How Dare We!

Antigone - How Dare We!

director: Jani Sever
original title: Antigone - How Dare We!
country: Slovenia
year: 2020
running time: 87 min.


The classical heroine as a symbol of moral resistance against the malevolence of the state is significantly transformed in Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek’s conception. His polemic interpretation of the famous myth is interspersed with acted passages from the staging of his drama The Triple Life of Antigone set in a Ljubljana housing estate. In contrast to this, there are television recordings of political cataclysms – from the division of Berlin to the birth of the Baader–Meinhof Group, from raw images of the refugee crisis to how it was discussed by the European Parliament. Against this backdrop and using Antigone, Creon and the chorus as a mouthpiece, the director asks crucial questions about the essence of law and morals in the world of broken-down democracy.

„It is a kind of political essay on European democracy today and at the same time a combination of a feature-length documentary, because I want to present the key points of Žižek's drama at the same time.” J. Sever  



Poet, director, producer and scriptwriter Jani Sever (1963) has a university degree in history. He started out as a drummer in punk rock bands. From the end of the 1980s, he worked as a journalist and was the editor of the Mladina weekly for a full decade. He started the first Slovenian online media channel at the same time that YouTube was just being established. As a producer, he not only shoots made-for-television detective stories but is also the driving force behind very distinctive documentaries of the currently incoming generation.

more about film

director: Jani Sever
producer: Nina Jeglič
photography: Mitja Licen
editing: Milos Kalusek
sound: Julij Zornik
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Česká televize
Český rozhlas
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