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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...

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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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From Love to Hatred 2: Domestic Violence on Men
After its successful documentary film featuring interviews with five abused women, Czech Television takes a look at another side of domestic violence. The stories of the film’s four male protagonists show that although the methods of violence are similar, the victims’ are in a much different position: Violence against men is usually questioned, and their partners, however manipulative and aggressive, are in a much more advantageous position, since the men, as representatives of the supposedly stronger sex, are generally not believed. The film is the first ever documentary to look at this socially taboo subject. 

From Love to Hatred 2: Domestic Violence on Men

Štěpán Romuald Rob
Czech Republic / 2018 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Zátopek
Nicknamed “the Czech Locomotive,” Emil Zátopek held 18 world records and is best known for winning the 5 km, 10 km and marathon races at the Olympic Games in Helsinki. David Ondříček brings his grand successes back to life through interviews with his family, friends, and former competitors.

Zátopek

David Ondříček
Czech Republic / 2016 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Doomed Beauty
The life of Lída Baarová possesses all the features of a Greek tragedy. Beauty, love, fame, betrayal, rejection, punishment, escape, loss of home, and finally reconciliation at a wise old age. And all this is accompanied by the dramatic political events of the 20th century, which touched everyone, all the more so this women of exceptional beauty, ambition, and fame.

Doomed Beauty

Helena Třeštíková, Jakub Hejna
Czech Republic / 2016 / 90 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
When Love Turns to Hatred
They all wish to lead an ordinary life. What happened after the wedding was beyond their imagination. This documentary tells a story of five women who were psychologically and physically abused by their partner/husband and found the strength to talk about their horrifying experience.

When Love Turns to Hatred

Romuald Štěpán Rob
Czech Republic / 2017 / 47 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Born in 1918
Vlasta Šrůtková has lived through many ups and down not just in her own life, but in the life of her country. She is exceptionally vital for her age, living on Prague’s Kampa Island, a perfect place for reflecting on Czech history, identity, the nation. Her life is an exceptionally strong story in which the central event of our country are also key moments in her own life. 

Born in 1918

Eva Tomanová
Czech Republic / 2018 / 52 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
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Don’t Be Angry, Ukraine
Why does Russia lay claim to part of Ukraine and why do Ukrainians feel themselves to be the heirs of medieval Russia? The film does not address the current political situation in Ukraine, but tries to explain subjects about which many Czechs know very little: the historical and religious roots of the current conflict. The film was inspired by the award-winning and widely discussed book by literary historian M. C. Putna Scenes from the Cultural History of Russian Religiosity.

Don’t Be Angry, Ukraine

Radim Špaček
Czech Republic / 2015 / 63 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Trabant: There and Back Again
The great journey around the world comes to an end! Dan Přibáň leads the yellow Trabants on their final cross-continental voyage in style as the yellow circus heads home from India. They cross the Himalayas, breaks altitude records and flees from the police. Even though the going gets tough on more than one occasion, the international Czech-Slovak-Polish crew fights against all the odds with black humor and self-irony.
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Trabant: There and Back Again

Dan Přibáň
Czech Republic / 2019 / 114 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Don’t Give Up: All Around Me Lives and Feels Like Me
Painter, wood-carver, typesetter, printer, writer, and poet Josef Váchal was one of the most distinctive artists of the 20th century. He left behind an extensive body of work, in which his monumental book – a kind of modern codex devoted to his great love, the Bohemian Forest – holds a remarkable place. With The Bohemian Forest: Dying, Romantic, the inveterate wanderer and pilgrim Josef Váchal offers an enduring testemony of the ancient face of the Bohemian Forest and its inimitable and disappearing beauty. 

Don’t Give Up: All Around Me Lives and Feels Like Me

Karel Čtveráček
Czech Republic / 2017 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
This Is Not Me
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This Is Not Me

Miro Remo
Czech Republic, Slovakia / 2016 / 90 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
In Mosul
Shock therapy through front-line reporting. Documentary filmmaker Jana Andert spent eight months with an elite unit of the Iraqi army on the front lines of the battle for Mosul, which was occupied by Islamic State fighters from 2014 to June 2017. A fearless report from a city in ruins, robbed of its soul by one of the greatest catastrophes of our times.

In Mosul

Jana Andert
Czech Republic / 2018 / 70 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Czech Photo: Other Worlds
A look at the lives of three photographers. Josef Koudelka, Antonín Kratochvíl, and the Moravian photographer Vojta Dukát all spent the majority of their lives outside Czechoslovakia. The film explores the differences in their work, which often shares similar themes, places, or encounters.

Czech Photo: Other Worlds

Adam Oľha
Czech Republic / 2014 / 26 min.
section: Czech Television Documentaries
Jakub Hrůša versus Leoš Janáček’s The Makropulos Affair
At age 36, Jakub Hrůša was awarded the Sir Charles Mackerras Prize for his contribution to presenting the work of Leoš Janáček – just a few meters from the place in Brno where the great composer wrote the score to The Makropulos Affair. Exactly one month after receiving the award, Hrůša makes his debut with the Vienna State Opera for a new production of the opera. A documentary about one of the most difficult tasks in the young conductor’s career.

Jakub Hrůša versus Leoš Janáček’s The Makropulos Affair

Olga Špátová
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section: Czech Television Documentaries
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