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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Powerless Source of All Power
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Powerless Source of All Power
Powerless Source of All Power
Powerless Source of All Power

Powerless Source of All Power

director: Zbyněk Baladrán
original title: Powerless Source of All Power
country: Czech Republic, Greece
year: 2018
running time: 8 min.

synopsis

This journey in a static shot from Lubomír Lipský's Cirkus je cirkus (Circus Is Circus) explores the relationship between memory and visual history. A fragment from the visual database of the collective memory is accompanied by excerpts from an essay by Karel Kosík on the inability of Czechs to affect real politics through democratic elections.

biography

Zbyněk Baladrán (1973) is a conceptual multimedia artist, curator and the founder of the Display gallery. The IDFF Ji.hlava has already presented his films Teorie Práce (A Theory of Work, 2007), 40,000,000 (2010), Dead Reckoning (2017) and To Be Framed (2016).

more about film

director: Zbyněk Baladrán
producer: Zbyněk Baladrán
script: Zbyněk Baladrán
photography: Zbyněk Baladrán
editing: Zbyněk Baladrán
sound: Ian Mikyska

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