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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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The Arch of Lights and Shadows
The Arch of Lights and Shadows
The Arch of Lights and Shadows
The Arch of Lights and Shadows
The Arch of Lights and Shadows
The Arch of Lights and Shadows
The Arch of Lights and Shadows

The Arch of Lights and Shadows

director: Jan Svatoš
original title: Archa světel a stínů
country: Czech Republic
year: 2018
running time: 90 min.

synopsis

They met on a Friday and got married on the Sunday.  They had to run away from home to flee from their parents' fury, so they went on a honeymoon to the cannibals. There, they lost their illusions, their camera and nearly their lives as well.  Where others would've given up, American filmmakers Martin and Osa Johnson risked their lives to narrate an account of a vanishing wilderness. Their story is an authentic imprint of times when filming Africa was more dangerous than all the local predators and malaria. Their work fascinated the public including Ernest Hemingway, Charlie Chaplin and the British Royal Family. However, our era has forgotten them...

more about film

director: Jan Svatoš
producer: Zuzana Sekorová, Jana Škopková
script: Jan Svatoš
photography: Romi Straková
editing: Katarína Buchanan Geyerová, Václav Trčka
sound: Romi Straková, Štěpán Mamula

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Don’t Give Up: The Landscape within the Landscape

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