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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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The Wonderful Years
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The Wonderful Years

director: Galina Yarmanova, Svitlana Shymko
original title: Shchaslyvi Roky
country: Ukraine
year: 2018
running time: 9 min.

synopsis

During the Soviet era, Ukraine was a difficult place for members of the LGBT community, and even today the country remains less than welcoming to sexual minorities. Working with archival interviews of women from the past thirteen years, the film brings together two eras and thus contributes to a discussion of today’s situation.

biography

Independent Ukrainian filmmaker Svitlana Shymko (1986) focuses on social and political issues. After studying documentary film through the DOC NOMADS programme, she gained attention thanks to her debut The Doctor Leaves Last (2014).
Her latest documentary film The Wonderful Years has been a collaboration with Guliana Yarmanova (1985), a gender theoretician.

more about film

director: Galina Yarmanova, Svitlana Shymko
producer: Olha Reiter, Ella Shtyka
script: Galina Yarmanova, Svitlana Shymko
editing: Sviltana Shymko
sound: Vladyslav Sirenko

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An essay filmed against the backdrop of lyrical images of feather plucking or drawing with chalk presents the clerical orders of Islamic women and how they rein in their impure desires. As a subversive element of Islamic fundamentalism, the director recites a poem by Iranian feminist writer Forough Farrokhzad.

I Have Sinned a Rapturous Sin

Maryam Tafakory
Iran, United Kingdom / 2018 / 8 min.
section: Short Joy
Czech Premiere
Hanawon
A compulsory stay in a Seoul facility known as Hanawon serves to prepare North Korean defectors for life under capitalism. Eight people tell of their experiences from their new lives, highlighting the challenges and prejudices that they must face in the completely different system. Their authentic testimonies are heard against the background of scenes of the bustling megalopolis.
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Hanawon

Romain Champalaune
Netherlands / 2019 / 15 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
I Wish
By tradition, the head of state addresses his citizens on state holidays. Over the many decades of his reign, the former King of Spain, Juan Carlos I, gave many such speeches. A political study in the form of a short archival film, Ojalá reveals a persistent consistency in the well-wishes and promises of a monarchy far removed from real life.

I Wish

Antonio Anton
Spain / 2016 / 6 min.
section: Short Joy
East European Premiere
Mud road
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Mud road

Francesco De Giorgi
Ethiopia, Italy / 2019 / 10 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
In the Frame
During the day, Oxana paints frames as a man; at night, she puts on her female skin. Oxana is a transsexual living in Moldova, where even expressions of tolerance towards sexual minorities can be dangerous. This short film is an intimate look at gender and at the social isolation of people denied to right to their own identity.

In the Frame

Ion Gnatiuc, Artiom Zavadovsky
Moldova, Romania, Germany, France / 2018 / 17 min.
section: Short Joy
Central European Premiere
24 Praska St
Lucyna and Krzysztof are a long-time married couple who operate a salvage yard in a socially excluded area of Łódź, Poland. Patrycja Polkowska’s observational documentary captures how the couple transforms the salvage yard every day into an eccentric microcosm where all those who are offended or humiliated can find help.

24 Praska St

Patrycja Polkowska
Poland / 2016 / 16 min.
section: Short Joy
International Premiere
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<3 / Less Than Three

Jorė Janavičiūtė
Lithuania / 2019 / 12 min.
section: Short Joy
International Premiere
On Guard
The film is a skit on the parallels between a caretaker and a security guard embodied by the character of a young man who keeps watching over everything all the time. Repetitive and automated everyday tasks are accentuated by monotonous aesthetics of the camera and a slow-moving pace, introducing the audience into the world of Korean pragmatic mentality and sense of responsibility. 
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On Guard

Jeamin Cha
South Korea / 2018 / 18 min.
section: Short Joy
European Premiere
An Absence of Reciprocity in Vulnerability, Losses and Risks
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?

An Absence of Reciprocity in Vulnerability, Losses and Risks

Adéla Komrzý
Czech Republic / 2017 / 9 min.
section: Short Joy
World Premiere
Butterfly Disaster
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Butterfly Disaster

Caryn Cline
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European Premiere
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What to Do While Trains Pass By

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section: Short Joy
International Premiere
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