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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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That Which Does Not Kill
That Which Does Not Kill
That Which Does Not Kill
That Which Does Not Kill

That Which Does Not Kill

director: Alexe Poukine
original title: Sans frapper
country: Belgium, France
year: 2019
running time: 83 min.

synopsis

An intimate confession by Ada, a woman who was raped at the age of nineteen, is told by twelve women and two men. The individual interpretations of one and the same testimony affects their credibility,and creates emotionally highly suggestive documentary depicting the very specific and comprehensive image of the experience of violence and cthe consequences that persecute the victim throughout their entire life.

biography

The work of French director Alex Poukine (1982) is characterized by her sensitive interest in confidential and hidden sides of human stories. Her films Petites Morts (2008) and Dormir, dormir dans les pierres (2013) have been screened at international film festivals.

more about film

director: Alexe Poukine
producer: Cyril Bibas
photography: Elin Kirschfink
editing: Agnès Bruckert
sound: Bruno Schweisguth , Rémi Gérard

other films in the section

Kiruna – A Brand New World
Apocalyptic depiction of an area literally engulfed by the mining industry is presented in this documentary that observes the eponymous northern Swedish city, part of which was abandoned due to activities in the nearby iron mine. The mining company’s management decided not to halt profitable mining activities and instead made the decision to move the residents of the threatened district. Using footage shot in the city inside the Arctic Circle and directly in the mines, the director has uncovered subtle film imagery, and using the stories of three protagonists now living in a bizarre inter-time, imaginatively addresses the topics of resettlement, tradition, and respect for a particular location. “The dystopian story of Kiruna is about lost people looking for a home in an uprooted city. It shows the dark side of the advanced society, whether in Sweden or the Czech Republic.” G. Stocklassa

Kiruna – A Brand New World

Greta Stocklassa
Czech Republic / 2019 / 87 min.
section: Doc Alliance Selection
Czech Premiere
The Reunion
For most people, reunions are a pleasant affair. But not for those who spent their school years being hazed, subjected to psychological terror, and consistently ignored. This reconstruction can be seen as a meditation on the painful side of childhood and adolescence through the unforgiving objectivity of an adult.

The Reunion

Anna Odell
Sweden / 2013 / 89 min.
section: Doc Alliance Selection
Czech Premiere
Captivity
A documentary decoupage of deceleration and a poetic reflection upon man’s relationship to time and space. In long, static shots, the Portuguese director unfolds his grandmother’s final days into a series of staged scenes. Dependent on the help of others and isolated in her own home, her life is intertwined with the intimate space of her life. When the director steps into his grandmother’s home and into her act of dying, he suddenly feels like an intruder. He becomes intensely aware of the boundary of privacy, the boundary between one person and the next – a boundary that can only be overcome by love.

Captivity

André Gil Mata
Portugal / 2012 / 64 min.
section: Doc Alliance Selection
Czech Premiere
Stranded in Canton
Like thousands of other African immigrants, Labrun from Congo embarks on an entrepreneurial mission to find work in Chinese Canton. However, things soon get complicated and he becomes stranded in the overpopulated megalopolis. Against the backdrop of the improvised actions of a fictitious protagonist in a real environment, the director provides an insight into the growing relationship between China and Africa.

Stranded in Canton

Måns Månsson
Sweden, Denmark, China, France / 2014 / 72 min.
section: Doc Alliance Selection
Czech Premiere
Searching for Bill
This impressionist semi-documentary road movie paints a mysteriously anthropological picture of the United States. Focusing on hobos and dreamers without a hint of demographic exploitation, the film presents an intuitive portrait of Bob, who sets out across the country in search of his own “MacGuffin”, the con artist Bill. This fractured portrait of elusive individuals eventually reaches an inconspicuous catharsis in a desert trailer park. The director shows its residents’ downfall through one swing of the golf club, with which an errant soul sends a dirty tennis ball into the air like a silent appeal.  

Searching for Bill

Jonas Poher Rasmussen
Denmark / 2012 / 75 min.
section: Doc Alliance Selection
Czech Premiere
Those Shocking Shaking Days
Can a critical reflection of a war be achieved for example by means of poeticity or visuality, or would it be advisable in such an undertaking to tendentially forego unambiguous words and images in favour of a more critical reflection of a war? If a text or a film was made in such a way as to seem to lack reference to reality, would it then make finding the truth redundant, since no reference points to factuality – the atrocities, for instance – could be found? Or would such a design of a text or a film allow conclusions about the problematic nature of any attempt at describing, at showing the complexity of evil?

Those Shocking Shaking Days

Selma Doborac
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria / 2016 / 88 min.
section: Doc Alliance Selection
Czech Premiere
Homeland (Iraq Year Zero)
A testimony documenting the plight of Iraqi civilians as observed over several months by the film’s director, chronicling the subjection of everyday life under the dual regime of helplessness. Part I shows the daily reality under the control of a dictatorship with the war looming in the background; the second part depicts the post-war chaos.

Homeland (Iraq Year Zero)

Abbas Fahdel
Iraq, France / 2015 / 334 min.
section: Doc Alliance Selection
East European Premiere
Childhood
Childhood as an age of extraordinary imagination, games, and sense of security in a world bordered by the close horizon is explored in this observational documentary that focuses on a year in the life of a Norwegian Waldorf kindergarten. This sensitive study of the expressions of modern, progressive pedagogy can renew viewers’ faith in education and the importance of the work of educators.

Childhood

Margreth Olin
Norway / 2017 / 90 min.
section: Doc Alliance Selection
East European Premiere
Taste of Cement
This poetic documentary is an elegy to the Middle East, where cement flows across the region as they rebuild after the ravages of war. For the narrators, the smell and taste of cement remind them of their father, who left to work in neighboring countries, and the horrifying sight of their devastated home.

Taste of Cement

Ziad Kalthoum
Germany, Lebanon, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Qatar / 2017 / 85 min.
section: Doc Alliance Selection
Central European Premiere
Srbenka
Through interviews and footage from theatre rehearsals, the film reflects on the origins of a theatre production by Croatian director Oliver Frljić about the murder of a twelve-year-old girl during the war in Yugoslavia.  What might seem like history is actually everyday reality for Croatian Serbs, filled with hatred and fear.

Srbenka

Nebojša Slijepčević
Croatia / 2018 / 72 min.
section: Doc Alliance Selection
Central European Premiere
Maestà, the Passion of Christ
With the use of a casual cinematic language, French director Andy Guérif has breathed life into a grandiose polyptych by painter Duccio di Buoninsegna from Siena. Twenty-six simultaneously unfolding scenes from the Passion of Christ show the 14th century majestic work of art frame by frame from a previously unseen perspective.

Maestà, the Passion of Christ

Andy Guérif
France / 2015 / 61 min.
section: Doc Alliance Selection
Czech Premiere
Striplife
For most of the media, the Gaza Strip is a source of apocalyptic images from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Striplife is an extraodinary depiction of the everyday life of Gaza’s inhabitants prior to the latest escalation of violence. Gaza from sunrise to sundown, in captivating images – with no need for commentary.

Striplife

Nicola Grignani, Alberto Mussolini, Andrea Zambelli, Luca Scaffidi, Valeria Testagrossa
Italy, Palestinian Territories / 2013 / 64 min.
section: Doc Alliance Selection
East European Premiere
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